Thursday, August 29, 2013

Eagle, Star Will End Joint Fire Protection Agreement Sept. 4

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

The Eagle and Star fire departments have come to loggerheads over a possible Joint Powers Agreement, leaving homeowners in the middle.

This afternoon, the departments announced that the current operating agreement that joined Eagle and Star for fire protection will end next Wednesday, Sept. 4.

"Both Star and Eagle Fire Commissions want to see consolidation happen, because everyone would benefit from it. But we couldn't make it happen now," said Eagle Fire Commissioner Kevan Kjar. "Star Commissioners have been working hard to get their Fire District back to health, and I believe they're almost there. I hope in the next year or so we can pick up the consolidation plan again and take it to the people."

In May, a committee made up of commissioners from Eagle and Star began meeting to craft a permanent consolidation of the two districts. The group initially suggested that the issue be placed on the November ballot to allow both Star and Eagle residents to vote on the possible consolidation plan.

But this afternoon, the Eagle Commissioners said they "could not justify continuing to manage a joint department without proper payment from the Star Fire District for operating expenses in the months leading up to the proposed consolidation."

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