The Grass Valley City council meets tonight (Tuesday) and on the agenda is the recognition of Grass valley Fire battalion Chief Tom Browning upon his retirement after 35 years of service to the citizens of Grass Valley with the Grass Valley Fire Department. Browning started as a volunteer firefighter for 22 years and as a career fire officer for 13 years. Grass Valley Fire Chief Tony Claibutt says Browning makes sure the department doesn’t forget their roots.
“Tome is one of the most dedicated people to the fire department that you can imagine. In addition to his sort of contemporary duties as a battalion chief, he was sort of a torch bearer for not forgetting the traditions of the old volunteer organization that provided good service to this community for many, many years and Tom continues to be the conscience in our department to make sure that we don’t forget our roots.”
Also on the Grass Valley city council agenda tonight is the recommendation to participate in the Today in America Program. City Administrator Dan Holler explains the City was chosen to participate in the program with a national audience but for a price.
“We were approached by them. It’s a five minute segment on hidden gems to live work and play and in talking to them, our city came up as a recommendation from their research team. As far as I know, we were the only Northern California community being considered for the program. There is a fee we’d have to pay, it’s $19,800.”
The city could get a 5 minute spot on fox mews and another 95 minutes of regional exposure on CNN headline news.
If the council chooses to participate and if the city is selected in its final cut the city administrator would then move forward with the participation agreement. The Grass Valley city council will meet in council chambers at city hall, 125 East Main Street at 7 pm.