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Advisory committee set to tackle issues in Morris
Litchfield.bz (12-31-17)


The idea of an advisory committee working to resolve ongoing issues between town officials and the Morris Volunteer Fire Department has been accepted by the fire department's leadership.
 
Fre Chief Joel Skilton advised First Selectman Thomas Weik on Thuesday that the fire department has agreed to participate with the committee that was proposed to the selectman by former selectman and fire department member Edward Dorsett earlier this month.
 
Skilton, Weik and six residents unafiliated with the Board of Selectmen or the fire department will serve on the committee. Skilton and Weik are each charged with selecting three residents.
 
The committee will address the estimated $60,000 in ambulance revenue the fire department is holding, the department’s decision last spring to surreder responsibility for providing emergency medical services, and a shortage of volunteer emergency medical technicians and firefighters.
 
The issues have created acrimony between town officials and the fire department for nearly two years. The new committee will also work with the fire department as it seeks state approval to regain its ambulance service.
 
The deadline for the committee to complete its work is April 1, 2018, under Dorsett's proposal.