Eureka Township OKs plan that would let Greenville recoup public safety costs

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:29 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Eureka Township Board discusses giving the Greenville Department of Public Safety the ability to recoup costs from township residents for fire runs on illegal burns, false alarms and more. Shown, from left, are trustees Brad Kelley and Elaine Pendrick, Treasurer Cindy Hanson and Supervisor Rodney Roy. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Township Board voted Monday to give the city of Greenville the ability to recoup costs for multiple false runs and damaged equipment from township residents.

Last month, the board adopted a cost recovery ordinance, which outlines a process for billing residents for responding to illegal burns, multiple false alarms and damaged equipment. On Monday, the board then turned over responsibility of collecting the charges to the Greenville Department of Public Safety, which is contracted to provide fire service to the township.

The Greenville City Council would also have to approve the procedure in order for it to go in effect. If approved by the Greenville City Council, the plan would allow the city to sue township residents for the costs of runs based on illegal burns, hazardous materials and more. If a resident makes more than four false alarm calls in one calendar year, they could begin to be charged for runs.

“This way they can get back what’s lost and not have to raise the rate,” said Eureka Township Supervisor Rodney Roy, referring to the contracted amount for fire services.

As part of the current contract, which was approved four years ago, the township pays approximately $90,000 per year to the city for the service. That number increases along with inflation.

“We’re trying to be proactive here,” Roy said. “I think it goes a long way. We aren’t in the middle and they aren’t in the middle waiting for us.”

In other business Monday, the board approved sharing in the cost of purchasing a storm siren with Montcalm Township and also gave Roy the go ahead to purchase another for the southern end of the township.

“It’s a really good deal,” said Treasurer Cindy Hanson.

Montcalm Township Supervisor Michael Adams found the refurbished sirens through a company, which obtained them used from a nuclear power plant in Indiana.

What originally cost nearly $20,000 brand new, the sirens will cost around $9,000 each refurbished and even less for Montcalm Township, who received a grant from the county.

The shared siren will cover the southern end of Montcalm Township and part of the northern side of Eureka Township.

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