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City welcomes new firefighters
New RH firefighters
From left: Andrew Jacobson, Lt. Sean Curry, Christian Alexander and Chad Woodard. Jacobson, Alexander and Woodard were recognized at Tuesday's city council meeting as the newest members of the Richmond Hill Fire Department. - photo by Ted O'Neil

The city of Richmond Hill welcomed three new firefighters at a brief city council meeting Tuesday that also included a handful of planning and zoning issues.

Andrew Jacobson, Christian Alexander and Chad Woodward took the firefighter oath and received their badges.

“Being a firefighter is one of the world’s most honored professions, but it is also one of the most dangerous,” Fire Chief Ralph Catlett said. “Our role is to stabilize incidents and prevent the loss of life and property.”

The city’s website indicates that applications are being accepted for another firefighter position through May 12. The job description says starting salary is $35,608 and includes benefits.

The council also approved the site plan for a commercial building development at the former CITGO gas station on U.S. 17 at Interchange Drive. Plans call for a building that could house retail, office and restaurant space.

Sign permits also were given the OK for Nasso Donut, to be located in the strip mall at the corner of Harris Trail and U.S. 17 in the space formerly occupied by a bakery and also for the Starbucks to be built at the corner of Rushing Street and Ford Avenue.

Assistant City Manager Scott Allison said the free-standing sign for Starbucks will have two additional panels for other businesses that will be located in the same complex. It is believed that one of the other spaces will be occupied by Firehouse Subs.

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