HOLLY RIDGE, NC (WWAY) -- The Holly Ridge Town council voted Tuesday night to terminate its contract with the Holly Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
The two sides have 180 days to negotiate a new contract or else the citizens of Holly Ridge will be without fire coverage.
Fire Chief Brandon Longo says one hang up in negotiations is the town council’s insistence that the fire department turnover all assets to the town of Holly Ridge, which he says it can’t legally do since Onslow County paid for the majority of their equipment.
Chief Longo says unless the council is willing to change its strategy in negotiations no deal will be reached.
"Unfortunately the citizens will feel the biggest blunt of this because being unprotected their insurance rating will go up 100% and their ISO class will be a 10,” said Longo.
The Holly Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will remain open after the 180 day period runs out because it still has an active contract with Onslow County.
Holly Ridge Town Council members maintain that a deal can be worked out if Chief Longo will cooperate with them.
The two sides hope to schedule a budget session in the coming weeks.