July 1, 2016

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Firefighters retain funds in Montville

Voters approved a five-year, 1.3-mill renewal levy Tuesday to pay for fire protection services in Montville Township.

Township Trustee Jeff Brandon thanked residents for their support.

“The passage of this levy will ensure our ability to provide excellent fire service,” he said. “I had a feeling it would pass. It’s not a tax increase. It was just a five-year renewal.
“We seem to have pretty good luck with our renewals.”

The renewal levy passed 260 to 79 votes, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

The township contracts with the city of Medina for fire services. The contract costs $125,000 a year, plus a quarterly payment depending on the number of fire calls. The quarterly payments range from about $15,000 to $20,000.

Montville also pays for some of the city department’s equipment. For example, it bought a smaller fire engine for $230,000 that was delivered in December.

The township opened a $3.6 million Safety Services Center in 2011, which houses the Police Department, an ambulance and a fire truck.

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