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      Elmwood township lacking first responders

      Elmwood Township in Leelanau County currently has nine firefighters and EMS workers to handle more than 4,000 residents.

      Elmwood Township in Leelanau County currently has nine firefighters and EMS workers to handle more than 4,000 residents.

      The public safety committee says they need more first responders.

      Monday night ,the first steps were taken to get a millage on the November ballot to increase their numbers.

      If approved by voters, six new staff members could be hired and a new fire truck and ambulance could be bought.

      â??Iâ??m comfortable and confident that when the people of Elmwood Township are presented with the facts they will do what they've done before," Elmwood Township Supervisor Jack Kelly said. "They'll support their fire department because they know it's in their best interest, they know that we will be providing them with first class customer service and that's what they want, that's what they deserve, and that's what we intend to provide them.â??

      If the millage is approved, someone who owns a $100,000 home would pay about $100 a year.

      The township has been operating without a millage since last December.

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