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Milton seeks fire protection information from Cambridge City

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

CAMBRIDGE CITY — The town of Milton has asked if Cambridge City is willing to provide fire protection to it.

Cambridge City Fire Department received a letter signed by Milton Town Council President John Noland asking if it would be interested in providing fire protection services, Cambridge City Fire Chief Jeff Gabbard told Town Council Monday.

The Cambridge City Fire Department provides protection for the towns of Mt. Auburn and Pershing for $1,000 a year, as well as Jackson Township for $13,000.

Gabbard said Milton would likely require a similar number of calls as Pershing and have two or three structure fires a year.

Milton Clerk-Treasurer Terry Craig said Tuesday the Milton Town Council is just exploring its options.

The Milton-Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department has contracts with the town of Milton and with Washington Township for fire service, he said. One firetruck belongs to the town.

The Cambridge City Town Council will request someone from the Milton Council attend a future meeting to provide more information.

Town attorney Bob Bever said Cambridge City should charge more than it does for Mt. Auburn and Pershing.

“For what they get in fire protection services, $1,000 is way below the market,” he said. “Just because you made a mistake with those two, I wouldn’t make a third one.”

Clerk-Treasurer Sherry Ervin said the office has received complaints that boil advisories are not received by many people in the community because some, especially older residents, do not receive emails or see it online.

She contacted Reach Alert Community Notification Service which could notify residents of emergencies by cellphone, text, landline telephone or computer. The cost to the town would be $2 a household.

The emergency notification could be limited to a small area or involve the whole town, she said.

A company representative will asked to attend the next meeting.