Milton deciding fire, ambulancePublished 4:49pm Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Milton Township decides at 7 p.m. Monday on a direction for ambulance and fire coverage.
Under consideration is changing from Edwardsburg Ambulance Service to returning to Niles-based Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service (SMCAS).
SMCAS would remodel a 1986 community center and polling place adjacent to the township hall at 32097 Bertrand St. built for a fire department, which never materialized.
Fire coverage areas divide at Gumwood Road, with Niles Charter Township responding to the west territory and Edwardsburg Fire Department to the east.
Milton’s board might decide to have Niles protect the entire Cass County township.
Edwardsburg Fire Chief Bruce Stack, Edwardsburg Ambulance Service Director Erich Gebhard, Niles Charter Township Fire Chief Gary Brovold and Supervisor Jim Kidwell and SMCAS Executive Director Timothy Gray met with board members and Milton residents for about three hours Monday night.
“You see the dilemma the township’s in,” Supervisor Robert Benjamin said. “(SMCAS) is willing to come right here and pay for all the remodeling, but we’ve had a good relationship with Edwardsburg, so it’s a tough decision. It’s time for the board to give its intent.”