Prudent Planning

FIRE DISTRICTS serve several useful purposes. They are also becoming more popular in Eastern Ohio.

Cumberland Trail is the template for efficient and successful fire districts. The expansive district, headquartered in St. Clairsville, has been in operation for many years, and now has apparently spawned the creation of a few more in our area.

The OR&W Fire District is in its infancy. It covers Shadyside and Mead Township. Levy approval by voters enabled the district to come to fruitition.

As a result, more comphrensive coverage is provided as previous staffing deficiencies are no longer an issue.

Another local fire district is in the formative stages.

The McMahon Valley Fire District is a planned joint venture between the Village of Bellaire and Pultney Township. Both are currently covered by the Neffs Fire Department. Some areas of Pultney are also protected by the Spirit of 76 Volunteer Fire Department.

The fate of the fire district, however, has encountered a slight delay.

A decision funding for the district won’t be taking place this November, as previously planned.

Officials involved in the McMahon Valley creation have much work and preparation to navigate through in order to present the correct levy to voters. Rushing matters to form such an important entity would be foolish.

Consequently, the powers to be realized a November vote was pushing the envelope too quickly. The levy will be placed on the ballot at the proper time.

Such a move is the correct one.

A fire district yields many positive benefits. Thus the proper foundation must be put in place for the fire district to be fully functional.