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Splitting fire crews/hiring lawyers. Council tackles 2015 budget. — click to enlarge As City Council members slog through Mayor Steve Bach's proposed 2015 budget, many things arise that are worthy of note. This morning, for example, during a budget work session, councilors heard from Fire Chief Chris Riley who asserts that removing a company of firefighters from Station 19, 2490 Research Pkwy., to staff the soon-to-be-built Station 22, 13075 Voyager Pkwy., won't impede response times and actually will speed them up.

Springs still lacks top-level ER — click to enlarge A year after both local hospital systems said they'd seek the highest level of certification for their emergency rooms, neither has submitted an application to state officials. And there's no telling when Memorial Hospital or Penrose Hospital will seek the Level 1 trauma designation, although a spokesman for Memorial says the facility is taking steps in "an aggressive fashion" to meet the strict criteria.