Future of Potterville's fire department remains in limbo

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POTTERVILLE, MI (WILX) - The City of Potterville is going back to the drawing board on what to do about its fire department.

Potterville Fire Department

Benton Township submitted a proposal to provide fire services to Potterville, but council members voted to continue negotiations.

News 10's Cryss Walker was at the meeting.

The Potterville Fire Department is down two rigs following failed inspections and lacks medical first responder licenses.

On the other hand Benton Township is fully operational with the proper emergency staff and equipment.

Potterville City Manager Aaron Sheridan is calculating it’s going to costs $127,000 to $145,000 annually to operate a fire department, which will take a year to do.

Tuesday night council members expressed the pros and cons of operating an independent fire department.

Benton Township has been responding to Potterville fire emergencies for free for three months.

That department is now proposing to officially serve Potterville full-time for $120,000 a year with an annual three percent increase.

The council voted to counter the offer.

That decision passed five-to-two.

Potterville City Council is expected to re-visit the issue June 20.

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