Akron Planning Board officials said they will arrange a meeting with Mayor Michael F. Charles to further discuss some issues he recently proposed,
including a joint fire district.
Planners meeting this week listened to representatives of the Akron Fire Company, who voiced concerns about the creation of a new fire district that would encompass both the Akron and Newstead fire companies.
Among the mayor's suggestions are: a joint fire district that would be funded by a uniform townwide tax; the current village budget be adjusted to remove the funding; and a separate board of fire commissioners be established to govern both companies in a single townwide fire district.
Planners said a board of fire commissioners creates another tier of management that would have operational jurisdiction. There is concern, they said, that these decisions "may not be in the best interests of village residents." Chairman Allen R., Kidder noted that with the current situation, village government has some control over how many tax dollars go to the fire company. "With the board of fire commissioners, that control would be lost," he said.
The Akron Fire Company wants to maintain its identity, Kidder said. "There is a perceived risk that under the merger, the fire company might be dissolved."