Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Residents Propose New Harrisburg Fire Protection District
HARRISBURG -- Residents in Saline county are looking for ways to improve fire protection. Hundreds of people who live just outside of Harrisburg are no longer covered by that city's fire department.
"Homeowners that live outside the Harrisburg city limits are concerned," said Harrisburg Township supervisor Danny Clayton. "I'm not going to say that Carrier Mills fire department and Eldorado are substandard to Harrisburg. But people think that they are and that's why they are concerned."
Smaller fire departments that are filling the gap are farther away, leading to slower response times.
Some residents are calling for a change.
"What we actually proposed was a fire protection district," said Saline County resident Kevin Reimer. "I think what the people really need is fire protection and fire protection at a reasonable price."
To create a new fire district residents must first petition to have a referendum placed on the ballot and then win enough supporting votes.
"There is not enough population and EAV to support something like that in my view," said Clayton.
The township could also pay Harrisburg for fire protection.
"I'm not opposed to the concept but I'm not ready to weigh in on that until I know what the cost is and how it would affect the property taxes," explained Clayton.
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