Town Council Votes to Advance Fire Territory Proposal

In a special meeting on January 24, the New Carlisle Town Council voted to advance a plan to create a fire territory for the town and neighboring townships of Olive and Hudson.

The council vote was 3-2. Members Aaron Rypma, Dan Vermillion, and Steve Vojtko voted in the affirmative, while Council President Ken Carter and Jordon Budreau voted against it.

New Carlisle is currently protected by a volunteer fire department, which has served the community since 1880. The proposed fire territory would include a full-time paid staff.

While there are many questions to be answered before the fire territory is actually created, officials have until the end of March to approve the proposal in order for it to take effect next year.

A series of public hearings will be held over the next two months to hopefully clear up some of the unknowns. The scheduled dates of the hearings are February 27, March 15, and March 29.

As of press time, times and locations have not yet been determined for the meetings. Check the February 23 issue for more information.

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