Bunker Hill council OKs Village FD operating budget, rejects renovation funds
The Bunker Hill Village city council voted Sept. 28 to approve the operational portion of the Village Fire Department 2019 budget but voted down funds for renovating the fire station.
Each of the six Memorial Villages that share the fire department needed to approve the budget by Sept. 30 as questions over emergency response times to Bunker Hill caused the city to consider leaving the department in recent months.
Zeb Nash, acting chair of the Village Fire Department Commission, said Bunker Hill’s decision “is under legal review by the commission’s attorney.”
The council approved its $1,176,319 share of the $6,191,155 department budget, which is 19 percent of the total budget. However, it did not approve the $665,000 of the total $3,500,000 the Memorial Villages are contributing for the renovation or reconstruction of the fire house.
“We continue to be a member of the VFD and hope to be for a long time, but we will continue to pursue our options to reduce our response times to within national standards,” said Bunker Hill Village Fire Commissioner Derry Essary.
Other items the council rejected include three resolutions that would have put funds from a 2017 budget surplus and the Federal Emergency Management Agency plus the city’s third-quarter ambulance funds into Fund 4 Facilities to make repairs such as maintenance and remodeling.