Greenfield’s City Council plans to vote on a 10-year agreement to provide fire fighting services for Leyden. This would help Leyden balance its budget and keep residents safe.
The Town of Leyden has an on-call, volunteer fire department.
At 711 residents, Leyden is like many rural Franklin County towns, having difficulties providing fully staffed public safety services.
Therefore, it might make financial sense for the town to have Greenfield provide Leyden’s fire fighting services. Together, they’ve come up with a ten-year proposal to do just that.
“Right now we can’t seem to muster up enough help to run a department; budgetary problems; equipment that needs replacing. It’s a good deal for Leyden and I believe it’s a good deal as well for Greenfield,” said Leyden Selectboard Member Jeff Neipp.
Once Greenfield’s City Council accepts the agreement, Leyden would have to pay for it.
Neipp told 22News, Leyden would be making payments to Greenfield over the next 10 years for fire services.
“The first three years are going to [cost] $25,600 and then it’ll be a two percent increase,” added Neipp.
The 10-year agreement would allow for the transfer of two fire trucks from Leyden to Greenfield.
The Leyden Board of Selectmen has scheduled three informational meetings to discuss the agreement with residents. One was held Wednesday morning, and the next meeting will take place this Sunday, at 10:30 in the morning at Leyden Town Hall.