Wayland officials will appoint fire commissioners next week as one of the first steps to creating two new fire districts within the town.
In a special meeting Tuesday night, town board members agreed they would meet with the village mayor and trustees on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. The boards will jointly select five fire commissioners that will govern a district situated in the northern half of the town, including the village. Immediately following, town officials will select five commissioners to govern the southern district, including Loon Lake and Perkinsville.
The boards had voted last week to create two fire districts, a decision that met a mixed reception from town and village residents. Pending a permissive referendum, the two districts could begin operation in mid-October.
The town board also passed a resolution this week to dissolve the fire protection district that currently includes all areas of the town outside the village. There will be a public hearing on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. regarding the dissolution. Language in the resolution indicates the action is contingent on the creation of both fire districts.
“I’m not sure that we’re required to have a public hearing,” Supervisor George Ott said. He noted that there was a hearing to create the fire districts and “in order to create the fire districts, this has to be done.”
However, Clerk Vicky Spencer said the information she received from attorneys indicated the hearing was still required.
In other business, the town board also approved submission of a grant application by town Justice Thomas Recktenwald. Totaling more than $13,000, the court is asking the state to cover the costs of a metal detector, security cameras, a shredder, copier, some chairs, a new flag, a computer, a robe for the judge and some outside lighting.
“This will probably be the last year we apply for this grant,” Recktenwald said, explaining that the application is too technical. The judge’s wish list fell short of the possible $30,000 he could have requested.
“I think it’s great, you apply for this grant,” Councilman Jody Tonkery said before the board approved submission of the grant application.