Waynesboro council makes final fire service offer to Quincy

January 08, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council has formed what it says is the last offer for Quincy Township, Pa., fire service.

The Quincy Township Supervisors must agree by Feb. 1 to pay the council $13,900 in 2008 for the service, otherwise Waynesboro's department will no longer be the first responder for affected township homes, the council said Monday.

That would be a one-year agreement as opposed to the latest, three-year agreement presented by the township supervisors.

At issue is Quincy Township's annual payment to the borough for fire service. Waynesboro acts as the first responder for 21 percent of township homes, while the Mont Alto (Pa.) Fire Department serves as the first responder for the other township dwellings.

The township's 2007 contribution for fire service was $13,900, borough officials said.

Quincy Township Supervisor Robert "Bob" Gunder previously said that the supervisors developed a matrix that shows the number of homes serviced is "out of kilter" with the amount of the subsidy.


"There are other calls than house calls. There are commercial buildings and others," Councilman Craig Newcomer said.

Waynesboro's fire department responds to accidents in Quincy Township, Councilman Ronnie Martin said.

Borough officials said they sent Quincy Township a letter in July saying that they wanted $15,000 annually, estimating that it costs them $21,000 a year to respond to the township's fires.

They later scaled back the request to $13,900 a year, but the supervisors sent a late December letter saying they would agree to $12,241.

That letter said the supervisors want to reduce their commitment by several thousand dollars in 2009 and 2010, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Councilman C. Harold Mumma questioned why Quincy Township would contribute less in coming years when fuel and other costs only increase.

Gunder previously said that the supervisors have been in talks with the Mont Alto Fire Department to serve the entire township. Quincy's agreement with the borough expired at the end of 2007.

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