Fire Territory Meeting Set for February 27

A special work session of the New Carlisle Town Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00pm EST. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the proposed fire territory.

The meeting will be held at the New Carlisle Fire Station, 204 East Michigan Street.

The meeting is the first of three planned hearings on the proposal. The other two meetings are scheduled for March 15 and March 29. For the fire territory to become effective in 2019, it would need to be adopted at the March 29 meeting.

In a special meeting on January 24, the council voted 3-2 to explore establishing a fire territory with the intention that the subsequent meetings would provide more clarity on the proposal.

The scheduled meetings will allow the public to learn more about the potential tax impact, staffing issues, and the implications for the current volunteer department.

The exploration of a fire territory has been driven by concerns of lower response rates to an increasing number of calls. The creation of a fire territory would result in a paid staff.

Check back in the March 9 issue of the Gazette for more details on the March 15 meeting.

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