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HUNTSVILLE — An impassioned plea by East 63 Fire Dept. Chief Darin West here Monday night has resulted in a shift in policy by County Commission and a 13-0 vote to allow the firefighters to conduct a fund-raising roadblock to solicit operating funds for the coming year.

The various volunteer fire departments throughout the county are allowed to conduct two roadblocks a year, but a few years ago the commission voted to prohibit roadblocks on holiday weekends — primarily due to traffic-related problems.

Since that time, however, the county cut $2,000 from its annual contribution to the departments, leaving each with $5,000.

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