By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
NOLANVILLE – The City Council cut off funding Thursday for the Nolanville Volunteer Fire Department, after exiting an executive session held with Fire Chief Lester Holsey.
After the executive session, called to discuss the contract between the fire department and the city of Nolanville, a motion was made by Councilman Stan Williamson to immediately suspend funds for the fire department, including insurance. Councilman Donnie Rohloff seconded the motion.
The motion passed 4-2,
with council members Noah VanKirk and Cecil Carroll Jr. opposing it.
"The council does not feel that they are fulfilling that agreement," said City Secretary Christine Taylor about the fire department's performance.
The council decided to hold an emergency meeting at 1:30 a.m. Friday to discuss the implications of cutting off funds for the fire department.
Before the executive session Thursday, the council heard several complaints about the fire department from city residents.They focused on the speed that fire department vehicles and private vehicles had been driven by volunteers on Nolanville streets.
Some residents also expressed concerns about how some fire department personnel have interacted with the city and its residents.
"They don't work with nobody," said Albert Simmons. "They won't work together. You have to work together to be a city."
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