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Peshtigo Fire Department Okayed To Bill For Calls

The City of Peshtigo Finance and Claims Committee meeting on Monday, Dec. 31, forwarded a recommendation to the Jan. 2 City Council instructing the city’s Fire Chief to start billing for all calls in response to fires and motor vehicle accidents, noting the actual cost for all manpower and equipment.

The Committee thought this had been approved in the past but apparently the message was miscommunicated. Purpose of the authorization is to allow the Fire Department to bill insurance companies for the department’s response to auto accidents and structure fires. Most vehicle and home-owner insurance policies include this in their coverages anyway. The department requested that when the Council approves this, the recommendation be forwarded in writing to the Fire Department.

The Committee discussed including in the recommendation authorization for the Department to bill for all calls, including false, carbon monoxide, radon, etc., but retreated to just auto accidents and structure fires.

In other matters, the Committee recommended to the Council that delinquent personal property tax accounts be turned over to the city attorney with the purpose of proceeding with legal procedures. As of Dec. 21, there were delinquent tax accounts totaling $9,008.98. Three of the accounts have had some payments on them in 2012. The others all date back to 2010 and 2011.

The Committee also reviewed a donation request from the Emergency Rescue Squad, which is seeking to raise money for a new truck/unit. The City of Peshtigo does budget a certain amount every year for operation of the Rescue Squad. It appears that the donation request is for money above and beyond the yearly allotment.

Committee members decided to forward the letter and the matter to the Jan. 2 Council meeting without recommendation. The hope was that someone from the EMS could be at the meeting to explain the project, the need, and the full costs of the unit so that the Council could decide what to do. The comment was made that the need for the new truck/unit is there and that the community does need to support the EMS.

A review of the bank balances showed a BMO Harris balance of $186,267.33 and a Peshtigo National balance of $5,435,142.57. There is one city CD valued at $100,000, which is invested for 12 months at 0.65 percent interest. The UDAG (Urban Development Action Grant) accounts showed $491,418.02 in the savings account and $2.1 million invested in CDs.


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