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Plan For Fire District Filed With Court

The plan to establish a comprehensive Fire Protection District in the Estes Valley came one step closer to reality this week when the petition was filed with the Larimer County Courts in Fort Collins. In less than a week, the Fire Services Initiative Committee collected almost twice as many signatures as were needed to advance the fire service plan as an election issue on the November 3rd ballot. The court has not yet set the hearing date, but it is expected to be at the end of July.

Fire Services Initiative Committee Chair Tom Anderson said, “There was a tremendous positive response to the formation of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District from residents throughout the Estes Valley, with a broad base of support from both town and county residents. There is almost universal dislike for the current subscription and billing system, and great support for the current plan as being both fair and equitable to all residents of the Estes Valley.”

The plan calls for an independent Fire Protection District, governed by its own directors elected by voters of the district which includes approximately 66 square miles surrounding Estes Park. Residents who are interested in running for one of the five director positions can pick up nomination forms at the Dannels Fire Station. There are neither petition signatures nor filing fees required to run for office. Nomination forms must be presented to the court at the petition hearing so a quick response is necessary.

Public forums to discuss the proposed fire service plan are being planned for August and September, as well as programs being available for any group in the Estes Valley wanting to know more about the formation of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District. For more information, go to www.evfireservices.org or call Tom Anderson at 577-1562.

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