Chippewa County (WQOW) – The Town of Wheaton is leaving the Chippewa Fire District, but it has a lot of work to do before the deadline.
The town board voted to break away from the fire district on Tuesday.
Once the official notice is posted, there is a 15-month waiting period before the two entities officially split.
Board member Wayne Miller says that date will be December 31 of 2020.
Between now and then, the township needs to buy equipment. Miller said the Chippewa Fire District must re-pay Wheaton’s 17% share of all the equipment in the district. Miller said they can do this by paying cash or giving Wheaton firetrucks and gear. He said they’ll use grants to buy any remaining equipment they may need.
Miller said Wheaton was paying $209,000 a year for services and expects the budget to be closer to $100,000 in the future although he admits it could take up to a decade for them to start seeing those savings.