Council preparing to vote on brownout solution

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Brownouts have been in effect in Lexington for a little more than a year now, but that could soon change as the city council prepares to vote on a potential solution tomorrow night.

Tambra Boyd knows a little something about brownouts

"I had to thank my friend for putting out the fire instead of the fire department," she said.

Last April, a fire destroyed her kitchen. The closest fire station, just one minute away, was browned out. The next closest was responding to a call. It had to go all the way to the third closest station.

"It took a little over seven minutes. By the time the fire department got here, the garden hose had put the fire out," said Boyd.

There have been other close calls. In one case, a man having a heart attack drove to a fire station only to find it browned out.

"We have to be mindful that so far, we've been very lucky, as a result of this, there's not been a tragedy or death," said city council member Jennifer Mossotti. She says the brownouts could soon be a thing of the past. She presented a proposal last night to authorize overtime for firefighters and hire two new classes. Firefighters say that would bring them back up to the numbers they need and would cost just over a million dollars.

"That's what the taxpayers pay for. That's a basic service. You don't gamble with people's lives," Mossotti said.

That proposal goes up for a vote tomorrow night. Tambra Boyd hopes it passes.

"I wouldn't wish it on anybody to have to stand by and wait because the fire station's closed," she said.

The proposal also suggests opening a twenty-fourth fire station in due to growth in the Masterson Station area.

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