After months of failed negotiations, it appears the residents of German Township, including the village of Archbold, might have to wait until after the election to find out what will happen to the Archbold Fire Department.
There will be at least two new members on Archbold Village Council, with a possibility of three. There could be one or two new township trustees.
Those elected won’t take office until Jan. 1, 2018. On Jan. 18, the fire service contract between village and the township expires. Having 18 days to negotiate a contract that hasn’t been resolved in 18 months appears to be a tall order to fill.
The lack of a fire contract could derail the proposed two-mill levy, with tax rollbacks, that would resolve the inequity between what village residents pay in property taxes for the fire department and what township residents outside the village pay.
It has been suggested that it’s time for new voices and cooler heads to resolve the issues between the council and the township. Perhaps it’s true.
Both sides of the issue– the current trustees and the councilmen– are firm in their beliefs. They believe they are serving the interests of their constituents. However, no one has come up with a compromise.
The current councilmen and trustees should, finally, work out some kind of agreement. If nothing else, agree to a contract extension to let new elected officials have some input in working things out.
However it ends up, this whole episode– the proposed rerouting of St. Rt. 66 to Co. Rd. 24, the request for separating the village from the township, and the debate over ownership of the fire equipment– will not go down in history as council’s, or the trustees’, finest hour.