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Rural contracts for fire protection approved
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Rural firefighting will continue this year with no increase in charges to the townships, the Great Bend City Council decided this week. - photo by Tribune file photo

Great Bend Fire Department will provide fire protection to four townships in Barton County for 2012 and without a cent of inflation over last year’s prices, according to contracts approved by the Great Bend City Council this week.
Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported that agreements had been reached with the townships.
Under the agreement, according to information from the fire department, it will, “make all reasonable efforts to attend fires” in the townships, when it is possible.
Napolitano explained the annual costs include:
• Great Bend Township — $47,618
• Liberty Township — $14,329
• South Bend Township — $21,777
• Buffalo Township — $23,819
Those are the same rates that were charged for last year’s services.
In other business this week, the council also:
• Approved a resolution of support for Housing Tax Credits. This was a revised resolution because lots were added to the project since the first resolution was approved in January, it was reported.
• Approved an agreement that allows building on city owned land in the J.C. Lafferty Addition.
• Received information on the Planning Commission’s continued discussion of wind generators, but took no action.
• Approved a conditional use permit to provide for the expansion of the Great Bend Co-op fertilizer containment area.
• Approved a subdivision replat that will allow for lots to be divided out of property in an area surrounded by 28th, 29th, Adams and Washington streets, just south of the bowling alley. The area is currently vacant.
• Approved a resolution of support for a grant submission for upgrades on two city water wells.