2015-09-10 / Local News

Six members of new 9-person Cedar area fire board appointed

Missing: Solon reps, at-large member
From staff reports Of The Leelanau Enterprise

Only Solon Township has yet to name representatives on a new fourtownship fire and emergency services department that will replace Cedar Fire and Rescue.

The Cleveland Township Board this week took its final step toward establishing the new department by authorizing the township clerk and supervisor to sign an interlocal agreement with three neighboring townships.

Cleveland Township supervisor Tim Stein said Centerville Township offi- cials signed the agreement last month; Solon Township officials were slated to sign it today and Kasson Township officials on Monday.

The agreement will give all four townships equal status in managing and funding a new Cedar Area Fire Department, replacing the Solon- Centerville Fire & Rescue Department that for many years has served Cleveland and Kasson townships through separate contracts for service.

Cleveland Township trustee Dan Klimaszewski served as the Township Board’s non-voting representative on the old Solon-Centerville fire board. Following a 5-0 vote on Stein’s nomination, Klimaszewski will now serve as a voting member of the new fourtownship board. Stein will serve as an alternate.

Stein noted that the current department is short-staffed; and it will likely be up to the board of the new fourtownship department to determine new staffing levels that will provide 24/7 fire and basic life support ambulance coverage. The department will continue to operate from the old Solon- Centerville fire hall in Cedar.

Klimaszewski noted that the new board will also be responsible for appointing a fifth “at large” board member, probably at their first meeting. The date of the new board’s first meeting has not yet been announced.

The Centerville Township Board voted Aug. 19 to appoint clerk David Wurm as its representative on the new fire board and treasurer Katrina Pleva is an alternate.

The Kasson Township Board has appointed trustee Greg Julian to represent its residents on the four-township board. He also served on the ad hoc committee which recommended the new configuration after more than a year of study.

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