September 23, 2014

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Gloria Glens to switch fire contract, go with Lafayette Twp.

GLORIA GLENS — Gloria Glens Village Council agreed Wednesday to contract with Lafayette Township for fire and rescue services.

The village now gets fire services from the Westfield Fire and Rescue district, but the contract expires at the end of this month.

Under the new contract, Gloria Glens Park would pay Lafayette Township $14,000 a year for two years — $3,000 less than the cost of staying with Westfield.

“That gives us time to work on passing a new levy,” Village Council President Pat Kennedy said.

Gloria Glens Mayor John Dean said the village’s safety levy brings in about $10,000 a year.

Renewing the contract with Westfield would have cost more because Westfield Township voters approved a 2.5-mill permanent additional levy in November for fire protection and rescue services, an increase from its previous 1.5-mill levy.

The new levy would have required Gloria Glens to pay about $17,000 a year, instead of about $8,000, what it now pays.

Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, who was at Wednesday’s meeting, said the switch will not degrade the quality of the fire service. He said Lafayette Township Fire Department is first on scene during mutual-aid calls.

“Your location is prime,” he said. “We’re the first response. We’re right around the corner, literally.”

He said that at the end of the two years, he would encourage Gloria Glens to join the Lafayette Township fire district.

Village Councilman Edward Cavanaugh was the only one who voted against the proposal.
Cavanaugh said he feared that Gloria Glens would eventually have to pay much more for the service.

That’s because Lafayette Township residents have a 3.5-mill levy for fire and EMS services and if the township demanded Gloria Glens pay at that rate, the bill would be $23,000 a year.

Lafayette Township Fire Department now serves Lafayette Township and the Village of Chippewa Lake.

Contract reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.