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Footville Fire Commission approves interim budget

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GINA R. HEINE
November 18, 2011
— The Footville Fire Commission on Wednesday night approved an interim 2012 budget that doesn’t include nearly $16,000 from the town of Plymouth, which wants to switch its fire coverage to Orfordville.

The 12 northern sections of Plymouth Township have fire coverage through Footville but EMS service through Orfordville, Town Chairman Larry Harding has said. The town could save the $15,500 it pays Footville every year for fire coverage, and Orfordville would pick up the coverage at no extra cost, he said.


The change requires unanimous approval from the Footville Fire Commission, which voted last month to not approve the change.


The Footville Fire Department annual budget requires unanimous consent from its fire commission, of which Harding is a member. He voted against the budget this fall, telling the Gazette he was not going to OK a budget that includes a payment from the town of Plymouth.


“Plymouth isn’t planning on paying,” Footville village President Gary Selck said, “at least that is the indication I’m getting from them.”


Harding could not be reached Thursday afternoon.


The department likely would be OK without Plymouth’s portion because of grant money officials weren’t aware of at the start of the budget process, Selck said.


The fire commission will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14 to try to resolve the issue.



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