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Golder Ranch, Mountain Vista explore consolidation; public hearings set

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Golder Ranch and Mountain Vista Fire Districts have begun work on possible consolidation. Both of the fire district boards have met and unanimously voted to explore consolidation. 

The comprehensive study will determine if there are costs and service benefits to the taxpayers of both districts to consolidate all of the current services into one operation.  It will analyze both fire districts in the following areas: organizational overview, management, personnel management and support staff, facilities, apparatus and equipment, current funding mechanisms, fiscal analysis, legal requirements, impact on property insurance rates, and stakeholder input.

Mountain Vista Fire Chief Cheryl Horvath commented, “Our organizations have been working collaboratively for over a year in the areas of fleet services, tech support, training and fire prevention. Additionally, the districts are now responding under an automatic aid agreement which allows the closest most appropriate resources to respond to an emergency call, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.” 

Golder Ranch Fire Chief Randy Karrer commented, “We are hopeful  that as we move through this dynamic and time sensitive process, we will be successful in reaching each important commitment outlined in statute. Also, we are committed to providing information to our communities and allowing an informed dialogue to take place.” 

According to the Mountain Vista Fire Department website, the district was formed in 2008, consolidating 3 districts on the northwest side. Golder Ranch Fire Department was formed in 1977, their website says.

Transparent communication and education for the public is a primary focus throughout this process. The public is encouraged to attend public meetings in order to learn more about this process. The following meetings are open to the public:

•Public Meeting, June 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Mountain Vista Fire District administrative offices, 1175 W. Magee Road

•Public Meeting, June 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Golder Ranch Fire District administrative offices, 3885 E. Golder Ranch Drive

•Public Hearing, July 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM, Golder Ranch Fire District administrative office, 3885 E. Golder Ranch Drive

•Public Hearing, July 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Mountain Vista administrative office, 1175 W. Magee Road

The public can visit each of the fire district websites to find up to date information regarding this consolidation.

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