The mayor of Taylor is claiming a big victory Friday morning over the battle to bring laid off firefighters back to work.
Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand tells Local 4 that he's got a concession from firefighters, saving the city $1.2 million.
With that understanding, he'll now accept a federal grant allowing Taylor to bring back 34 laid off firefighters.
The fire chief says his firefighters know that they'll still need to find ways to cut costs elsewhere when his department is back at full strength.
Chief Bob Tompos tells Local 4, “I’m a citizen here. I understand the concerns. Down the road, the chickens come home to roost syndrome or people think, sure we’re getting something now but we know down the road it’s not going to be free. Our main concern is the safety of the citizens. We’ve been pretty lucky so far."
The crisis isn't over - as Lamarand will still have to appear before a judge Friday at 1 p.m.
He's technically in contempt of court by not following a judge's order this week to accept the grant after the deadline passed for the mayor to avoid it.
Lamarand said it will be fiscally irresponsible to take the tax money, with Taylor having the same money problems when that 2 year grant money runs out.
The mayor, when asked about accepting or rejecting the grant, responded, "Under the idea that this is going to be adopted, I believe we will be moving forward."
When asked whether he was ready to go to jail over this matter, the mayor responded, "I'm not going to say one way or another because I'm not the judge and it's the judge's decision and we understand that."
The Mayor stated, “I hold the Wayne County District Court, Judge Edwards and Judge MacDonald in high regard. However, as the Mayor of the City of Taylor, it is my sworn duty to serve the needs of 63,000 residents and will do what is right for the community. Whatever decision Judge MacDonald hands down I will respect and comply with knowing that I have served my City well.”