2016 Fire Runs Reported At Delta Village Council Meeting

By: Bill O’Connell
THE VILLAGE REPORTER

With the financial responsibility for fire and emergency squad runs between the Village of Delta and York Township still a burning issue, Village Administrator Brad Peebles reported the numbers for the first six months of 2016 at the July 18, Council meeting. The percentage of runs within the Village was less than 19% of the overall total. With the Villages share of the overall costs for these runs set at 42%, Mr. Peebles used this data to drive home the point that the Village is overpaying for these services.

The main point of contention is the formula used to set the percentages. Officials from both side met later in the week to work out an agreement but the issue still remains with annual budget meetings looming in September.

A final reading of Ordinance 16-15 requesting Fulton County Auditor Bob Kolb to certify the amount of money to be generated by a proposed levy for Village police operations was approved 6-0. The current levy generates approximately $217,000.

With all three readings of Ordinance 16-20 to separate the Village from Swancreek and York Townships having recently been approved, the Village is in the midst of a 30-day waiting period before a decision can be handed down. Since the Village of Swanton has tabled a similar ordinance, Mr. Peebles was asked if Swanton’s decision would have any effect on the decision to be made by the Fulton County Commissioners.

“No,” he responded. “The decisions (for each village) made by the Commissioners will be considered independently. Swanton’s choice will have no impact on us.”

The next meeting will take place on August 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Bill O’Connell may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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