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June 22, 2024

New fire contracts for county, San Juan get key approvals

Hollister City Council members Monday approved a new seven-year contract for fire services with San Juan Bautista, and the county board Tuesday approved a similar contract for unincorporated areas.
That leaves the final approval for the San Juan contract up to the Mission City’s council, which will likely take up the matter next month.
The first-year cost for San Juan Bautista in the deal is $228,000, and the first-year cost for the county is $1.85 million for 2019.
Those costs would increase 3% each year on Jan. 1 for the term of the contract. The seven-year contract with San Juan Bautista includes an agreement for the city to lease Station No. 4 from the City of San Juan Bautista located at 311 Second St. to provide services to the western portion of San Benito County at a rate of $36,000 per year. In addition, provided San Juan Bautista continues to maintain a diesel mechanic on staff, the City of Hollister will pay a labor rate of $75 per hour for work performed on the fire apparatus.
The initial contracts started in May 2013 and were renewed in October 2015. The current contract expired on Oct. 1 but has been continuing on a month-to-month basis. The new term will automatically renew for three successive one-year terms unless terminated pursuant to the terms of the contract, according to city documents.