Leyden’s fire chief has questions about 10-year contract with Greenfield

Franklin County

Leyden’s Fire Chief has some questions about the 10-year agreement the town needs for Greenfield to provide firefighting services. 

Greenfield and Leyden have been in talks for months to finalize an agreement, but Leyden’s Fire Chief feels he’s been left out of the conversation.     

At 711 residents, the town of Leyden is like many rural Franklin County towns, unable to fund the fully-staffed fire department. Which is why the town has turned to Greenfield to take over its firefighting services.

Leyden’s Fire Chief Brian Pelletier told 22News, he’s worried about what he doesn’t see in the 10-year contract, as to how it will impact property tax rates and home owner’s insurance. 

Pelletier said town leaders never consulted him in the decision to dissolve the department. 

“Ideally, we haven’t been a part of the conversation, which is the most upsetting part,” Pelletier told 22News. “Lots of guys in town have been contacted by residents to find out what’s going on. We’ve basically been told it’s going to happen whether we like it or not.” 

Pelletier told 22News, he encourages residents to attend the next informational meeting scheduled for on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Leyden’s Town Hall. 

Pelletier said there are more items listed in the contract that need to be addressed. 

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