Revised plan for merging Cumberland's fire districts bounces to Statehouse

Revised plan for merging Cumberland's fire districts bounces to Statehouse

Schmitt charges officials bowed to 'union pressure'

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UMBERLAND - This town's struggle to consolidate its fire districts took an unexpected turn this week when state Sen. Ryan Pearson and others acknowledged they're exploring whether the General Assembly alone, without further debate on the local level, can dissolve the four districts and create a new, overall governing board.

In draft stage only, and unavailable to The Breeze, the bill apparently drops any attempt to set a maximum budget for a newly consolidated district nor does it dictate the number of firefighters it would employ.

Those are key elements of the council's subcommittee plan headed by Scott Schmitt working with Art Lambi and Bill Murray.

Instead, the plan is to replace the current four elected boards with a single committee of seven that takes responsibility for management of the stations until a townwide election replaces them in November of 2014.


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