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Morgan, taskforce submit charter for new FD

March 21, 2014

COVENTRY — The Central Coventry Citizens Taskforce is recommending a new fire district be formed, called the Coventry Main Fire District, in the void created by the court-ordered liquidation of Central Coventry Fire District.

According to information from the taskforce, a new charter has been submitted to the general assembly.

After it has been approved by both the House and Senate sides, it will be presented to the people of the new district for ratification and election of the board of directors.

The vote is expected to be held on May 6 with assistance of the board of canvassers.

According to Representative Patricia Morgan, preliminary discussions with banking institutions have secured their willingness to loan early funding of the district using tax anticipation notes.

“This will allow the district to begin service on day one and repay the loan when the first tax bill is paid,” Morgan said.

“Operations are expected to be $235,000 per month,” she said. “The proposal will be to seek funds for four months ($940,000) because four months are necessary to seek budget approval from the voters, process and send bills and receive first quarter payments.”

Morgan explained the operation model for both fire suppression and emergency response services.

The fire suppression unit will consist of two stations (Hill Farm Station and Washington Station) in this new district, each with one engine and four firefighters (two per station) paid-on-call personnel (POCs) per shift 24/7 with volunteers to support the POCs.

The new district would continue to pay for hydrants and street lights.

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