Bronson still wary over fire merger

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By Claude Lewis

It appears Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo is slowly inching closer toward his goal of making Otter Creek part of the town's fire district, but there are still many unanswered questions standing in the way of making the deal stick.

Lombardo looked to Bronson Town Council for final approval of the merger between the two volunteer departments at Monday night's meeting.

Instead, he faced a number of questions from Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo - ones he had no concrete answers for.

While Lombardo received permission to give the county attorney the OK to begin drawing up the official contract, he was also ordered to come up with more facts and figures before Bronson can approve it.

"I just want to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row before we approve this," said Mongo, the former mayor who has been on Town Council for seven years now. "The Town has been caught in things before."

One of the main log jams was getting exact numbers on paying for two part-timers to cover during daytime, when most of the firefighters are at their 9-5 jobs.

Mongo wanted to know how many hours a week were needed and how much they would be paid.

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