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The Lake Township trustees Wednesday approved a new three-year agreement to provide police protection for the Village of Millbury.
Under the new agreement, the village will pay $62,000 for the first year or protection. Increases of 3 percent will go into effect on Jan. 1 2009 and 2010.
Millbury Village Council has already approved the agreement, which requires the village to make quarterly payments in advance.
“We’ve always had a wonderful working relationship with the Village of Millbury,” Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer told the trustees.
The previous contract called for the village to pay approximately $59,000 a year, he said, adding that contracting with the township saves the village the cost of funding its own police department and police coverage by the township department can be easily provided.
“Millbury is treated like it’s a regular part of our patrol,” the chief said, “It’s treated like the rest of the township.”
In other business, the trustees agreed to refinance a three-year loan with State Bank for a 2006 Sutphen rescue fire truck to ease the strain on the fire department’s revenues.
The previous loan included a 5.2 percent interest rate, while the rate on the new loan drops to 5 percent but the term extends to 10 years.
Vicki Schwamberger, township fiscal officer, said annual loan payments had been $135,500. They will drop to $47,500 under the new loan.
Fire Chief Eric Larson said the refinancing package is part of a broader effort he’s undertaken to confront the department’s budgetary problems.
“It’s been one of my major goals in the two years I’ve been here,” he said. “There are a multitude of reasons for the problems and there is no easy fix and we’d rather do it right the first time. We have to look at every avenue.”
The department has taken delivery of a new ladder truck which was on display Wednesday at the township administration building and will be housed at Station 1 in Walbridge.
The truck was purchased with a $475,000 grant through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.
The township was required to pay a 5 percent match to be awarded the grant. At the time the grant was announced, Chief Larson said he was confident the local match could be covered by the sale of an old truck.
Last week, the trustees authorized the chief to sell an old mini-pumper truck.
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