As a follow up to the city of Perry’s recent agreement with the city of Dawson over fire and EMS protection, the city council entered into similar 28E agreements with Dallas Township and Lincoln Township at their Monday night meeting.
According to the agreement signed June 6 between the cities, “with the signing of this 28E Agreement, the Dawson Fire Department will be dissolved effective at 12:00 a.m. on the 1st day of July 2016, and at that time all remaining members of the Dawson Fire Department will become members of the Perry Fire Department, if they so choose, and will be assigned to the Dawson station.”
The three-year agreements with the townships bring within the purview of the Perry Fire Department most of the area of the soon-to-be-former Dawson Fire District.
“This is the area of the county fire protection zones,” Perry City Administrator Sven Peterson. told the council “These are the same agreement that we have with the other townships that we serve that are close to Perry. We just had to transfer them from an agreement with Dawson to an agreement with Perry.”
In the Dallas Township agreement, Perry agrees to “furnish fire and EMS protection to all rural property” in all sections of the township except section seven, which contracts its protection from the Jamaica Fire Department.
The general terms of the Lincoln Township 28E agreement are identical to those of the Dallas agreement, but the arrangements for fire protection in the highly rural Lincoln Township are more complicated, with portions of the township receiving protection from the Yale, Panora, Linden or Redfield fire departments.
The sections of Lincoln Township that will lie within the newly expanded Perry Fire District include: Sections 1-5, the east half of Section 8, Sections 9-16, the east half of Section 17, Sections 21-25 and the north half of Section 36.
Under the new agreement, all of Section 5 goes to the Perry Fire District. Sections 8 and 17 will be divided at Beaumont Ave., with the eastern portions lying in the Perry Fire District and the western portions lying in the Yale Fire District. All of Section 20 will lie in the Yale District.
Both agreements call for the township trustees to levy an annual tax of thirty cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation on all property in the district. The taxes raised will “pay for the township’s share of the fire and EMS equipment maintenance, replacement and expenditures” to provide protection, according to the agreement.
The council voted unanimously to approve and authorize execution of the agreements, which will take effect July 1.