Grand Traverse Rural Fire Dept. considers expelling townships

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department could be down two more members a little sooner than expected.

At their last township meetings both Fife Lake and Springfield voted to leave the Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department, which means they are supposed to be members until the end of 2017.

But much to their surprise, the Paradise Township Supervisor Rob Laijko suggested expelling the two townships.

Laijko explained the board has had to deal with uncomfortable meetings in the past as other townships voted to drop from the department, but had to wait until the end of the year. He says the expulsion would prevent that from happening by speeding up the process.

The move surprised both of the townships that are trying to leave.

"We just didn't know it was coming that's all," said Springfield Township Supervisor Thomas Gonyer. "I'm not totally shocked, but we would just like the opportunity to go back to our township and discuss it further."

"I'm very surprised because it's not on the agenda," said Fife Lake Township Supervisor Linda Forwerck. "I don't feel like this board should act on this tonight."

The board did end up acting on it by passing a resolution. Which means now both Fife lake and Springfield Township Boards will be able to review the expulsion option.

The Grand Traverse Rural Fire Board plans on revisiting the topic in next months meeting.

If the two townships do get expelled it will be official by July 1st.

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