Pioneer To Cut Off Madison Township Fire Service

By: James Pruitt

Unless something changes, Pioneer’s fire department will no longer provide service to Madison Township Jan. 1.

Fire Chief Danny Fackler informed the Village Council about residents getting notices of their fire insurance rates rising. Madison officials have so far refused to sign a new service contract and will not tell Pioneer the reason why.

That means come the New Year, Pioneer won’t go beyond its borders, Fackler said.

“We will no longer subsidize Madison Township,” Fackler said.

The department made 47 runs last month and six were for Madison Township, he said. Two were fire calls and four were first responders.

The village will be keeping a lid on spending for the remainder of the year as the coffers are getting bare. The village saw its costs for First Street go $105,000 over budget and the general fund is down $200,000, Administrator Alan Fiser said.

“We should stop spending the last four months,” Mayor Ed Kidston said.

In other news, the council set trick or treating for 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Habitat for Humanity has indicated in intent to build another home in the village.

The village will purchase new sirens for the community that will cost about a quarter of the brand the village was originally intending to buy.

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