Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Monroe, Kiryas Joel have fire pact

The villages of Monroe and Kiryas Joel have finally agreed on a new fire contract under which Monroe firefighters will answer calls in the Hasidic community only when asked to do so.
   The pact puts Kiryas Joel in charge of its own fires for the first time but keeps Monroe on call to fight the most serious fires and respond on Shabbos and Jewish holidays. Kiryas Joel will pay Monroe $54,800 for 50 calls a year, plus $1,096 for each additional response.
   Kiryas Joel trustees signed off on the terms months ago. Monroe trustees voted 3-2 last week to approve the contract, after Monroe firefighters agreed to the terms a week earlier.


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