MOUNT VERNON — Talks between the city of Mount Vernon and Monroe and College townships are proceeding slowly and carefully as each township tries to define what it wants and how to get there.
The townships have worked together on providing fire and EMS service for many years, said Monroe Township Trustee Bill Pursel, but the townships aren’t obligated to agree on how to move forward. However, Pursel said, the figures for proposals offered by Mount Vernon Chief Chris Menapace have been based on both townships contracting with the city and if one or the other doesn’t, it would alter the numbers.
College Township Trustee Doug McLarnan said the township is having trouble recruiting enough volunteers to fill the staffing needs of the Gambier fire station, which handles the majority of the calls that come to the Monroe/College department.
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