Green Township approves fire protection contract

Members of the Green Township Board of Trustees discuss wasterwater user charge report during Tuesday’s meeting at the township hall. Officials approved the annual report for the Big Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant and provides for mutual use between Green Township, the city and Big Rapids Township. (Pioneer photo/Brandon Fountain)

GREEN TWP. — The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Fire Division will continue to provide fire and non-transport emergency response services to the residents of Green Township.

Members of the township board approved the bid from the city during their meeting Tuesday night at the township hall.

The City of Big Rapids’ bid is a three-year contract with the first annual payment of $83,612.

Township officials began seeking proposals in November from area fire departments for fire protection, as the current contract had an option to end the contract after the first year. The township was seeking some financial relief, as its current millage of 1.25 mills didn’t cover the costs of fire protection provided by the city.

The city was the only one to place a proposal for the township’s fire protection.

Trustee Jim Peek said the city’s proposal reflected the township’s financial concerns.

“(City officials) know we have a limited amount we can levy — 1.25 mills — and their agreement to reduce (the cost) helps moves us in that direction,” he said. “There was no intent by any board members to indicate that they were unsatisfied with the city’s fire protection.”

The contract also includes an annual fee of $5,000 toward the cost of capital improvements to the city’s fire department and the right to reopen the contract after the first year.

Township officials also approved the annual wastewater user charge report. Joining the City of Big Rapids and Big Rapids Township to mutually utilize the wastewater treatment plant, officials annually approve the charge report.

Officials noted the current usage is around 2.7 percent of the wastewater treatment plant’s capacity.

“That could change in the future, if 18 Mile Road by the highway sees some expansion,” Peek said. “It would mean a commercial customer, and possibly more.”

Due to the duration of Tuesday’s meeting, a story about the township’s 2018 general fund and sewer fund budgets and other action will follow later this week in the Pioneer.


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