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Judge favors Wevertown Fire Company over spat

The Johnsburg fire district contract was turned down twice during the town board's Feb. 7 meeting.

The Johnsburg fire district contract was turned down twice during the town board's Feb. 7 meeting. Photo by John Grybos.

— In the spring, the Wevertown Volunteer Fire Company disbanded because the town of Johnsburg would not renew its fire contract. The company is a not-for-profit corporation and needed to sign a contract with the town to pay for coverage in the Wevertown fire district.

In early February, accusations arose among fire officials in neighboring communities about the Wevertown Fire Company’s training and ability to respond safely to calls. The fire chief denied those accusations.

Town officials held off renewing the fire company’s contract until they could see some of its records, including membership and training lists, equipment lists, and their financial and operating information.

Chief Brown began selling fire equipment several months ago to help pay bills. That prompted the town of Johnsburg to file for a temporary restraining order so Brown could not sell any more equipment or have access to the firehouse.

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