The Lake Township trustees have given their approval to an automatic response agreement between the township fire department and the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District but said the agreement will be reviewed after six months with an eye on what it’s costing the township.
The trustees unanimously voted in support of a resolution to enter into the agreement with the district but directed Mark Hummer, township administrator, to compile cost figures for the first six months the agreement is in effect.
Under the agreement, the township would automatically provide a rapid intervention team and ladder truck for all structure fires in the Allen-Clay district. The district, in turn, is agreeing to provide a rapid intervention team, rescue vehicle, and fire engine to all structure fires in Lake Township.
Rapid intervention teams set up outside of buildings on fire to rescue or assist endangered fire fighters inside.
Vicki Schwamberger, township fiscal officer, raised questions about the cost of the agreement, noting members of the fire department are credited for two points per hour “right out the door” for fire runs. Under the point system for the department, two points would equal $20, she said.
Unlike a mutual aid agreement between towns for emergency services, which requires a police or fire department to request assistance, the response agreement would result in the fire departments in Lake Township and the Allen-Clay district being dispatched automatically.
Mike Hornyak, assistant chief with the township fire department, estimated the department has assisted the Allen-Clay district about eight to 10 times a year with fires.
1 road levy passed
The trustees won’t seek more millage to fund road improvements for the foreseeable future, Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said.
Voters last week approved a replacement levy for road repairs but rejected a levy that would have provided additional millage for repairs and improvements.
Bowen attributed the defeat of the additional millage to the economy.
Rail crossing discussed
The trustees accepted comment last week on a proposal by CSX Transportation to close Walbridge Road at a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road.
The rail company is offering to pay the township $10,000 if the trustees agree to the closure.
The company would place a barricade across the private grade crossing at its own expense and motor vehicle would not be permitted to use it.
Bowen read two letters from residents – one supporting closing the crossing and the other opposed to it – and said the trustees will continue to seek input from the public.
She said she was particularly interested in hearing from residents of East Broadway on the proposed closing.