Nick Halter

CITY HALL UPDATE // Board-up program burning hole in Fire Departments pocket

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Minneapolis City Council members are poised to end a year-old program that had the Fire Department boarding up vacant buildings and homes.  

Fire Chief Alex Jackson gave the city’s public safety committee a report Sept. 14 saying his department was losing $34,000 a month and staffing one firefighter around the clock on a board-up truck. In total, he said, the program has caused a $282,000 budget shortfall over the past 11 months.

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