Which way for Phoenix fire service?

It's back to the table tonight for Phoenix City Council, which continues discussion about whether to contract with an outside fire district for service.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the public works office at 1000 S. B St. It’s open to the public.

City manager Joe Wrabek said last week that the extra week would give city officials time to iron out contract details with a private consultant and allow a report from a citizens’ advisory committee reviewing the annexation issue and communication between citizens and the council members.

Discussions regarding the outsourcing of fire protection came about in recent months as one of a host of issues being reviewed by the advisory committee to gain financial stability for the cash-strapped town.

Service proposals were solicited from rural fire districts 2 (run by Medford) and 5, which primarily covers the Talent area, in recent weeks but District 2 informed the city recently that a contract was not feasible.

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