Fire merger still long way to go

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON - The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Or in the case of the ongoing talks of a Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger, the closer it seems to becoming reality, the light at the end of the end of the tunnel still seems dim.

Already having the green light from Levy County and Otter Creek, the merger only needs the OK from the town of Bronson.

For a second straight month, Bronson balked at that approval, although the proposed merger did move a bit closer to reality when the councilmembers carried a motion by Berlon Weeks to allow attorneys from both towns to work up exact details.

Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo, who has been pushing for the merger for months, can then take those to the county and Bronson for possible final approval.

Otter Creek, a community of 47 people, is under county jurisdiction but serviced by the Bronson Fire Department.

A merger would give Otter Creek an ISO rating and give Bronson a chance to lower its rating, according to Lombardo.

The better an ISO rating, the lower insurance rates are to homeowners.

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