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All is well between the town and fire department

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LOUISVILLE - As the three- month agreement signed by the Louisville Town Board and its volunteer fire department comes to an end, town officials say progress is being made at resolving the department’s internal issues.

“We met with the fire department last week regarding the budget, and I think that meeting went well,” Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault said.

Town Councilwoman M. Gail Schneider, who is one of two liaisons between the board and fire department, said they’re currently waiting for a more detailed listing of the department’s expenditures from the current year. “We have spoken with them about getting a report on their actual costs and what they’ve actually spent,” she said.

The board’s other liaison, Ray A. “Slim” Beshaw, and Ms. Schneider agreed that the department appears to be headed in the right direction.

“They’re moving forward,” Ms. Schneider said.

“They’re making progress,” Mr. Beshaw added. “Their membership is up. We just have to wait and see what happens.”

When asked if a new agreement was being discussed, Mr. Legault said that he doesn’t feel like that is necessary.

“We’re moving on and putting this behind us,” he said. “We’re negotiating their contract and will be renewing it in November.”

Louisville Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Sheets said he’s glad to see things in the department headed in the right direction.

“Things are getting where they need to be,” he said, adding that over the past three months the department has added “between 10 and 12” new members and the women’s auxiliary has been reformed.

Mr. Sheets said it’s nice to see the community coming together to support the department. “We did have some trouble with the town, but the community wasn’t going to let itself lose its fire department,” he said.

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