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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Another Extension for Fire Deal

Elmwood | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton extends deadline to reach a deal to dissolve Elmwood Fire Department.


Brockton has granted West Grey another extension to the deadline to dissolve the jointly owned department.

The deadline for the disbandment of the Elmwood Fire Department has been moved from July 31st to December 31st of this year.

This is the third time Brockton has granted West Grey an extension to dissolve the joint run municipal Fire Service Board.

Brockton Mayor David Inglis says they received legal counsel and it was decided that more time is needed to get everything in order.

He says the extension also addresses liability concerns for the Elmwood Fire Fighters who -- without an agreement in place -- may not be protected under WSIB claims when responding to emergencies or fighting fires in the West Grey.

Inglis says the extension should provide West Grey residents with peace of mind that they have full fire coverage until the end of the year.

This leaves West Grey and Brockton five months to hammer out the details of the 'divorce' -- along with the payout of assets and future fire services fees.

This has been a messy 'divorce' since the jointly run fire department has been in operation for over 50 years.

When asked if it's too late to go back to the way things were before West Grey served notice to pull out -- Inglis says he's unsure.

This process began in April of 2010.

Elmwood borders West Grey and Brockton boundaries.


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