Federal Bankruptcy an Option for Central Coventry Fire District

State receiver Steven Hartford is trying to fix the district's finances.

File photo.
File photo.
Steven Hartford, who was appointed to fix the cash-strapped Central Coventry Fire District, said entering into federal bankruptcy is an option.

The Providence Journal reported Hartford was named the state receiver for the district by Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Hartford is the former town manager of Westerly.

The governor last week announced the state took control of the district to save it in the face of a court-ordered shutdown. Hartford told the Journal is district has enough money to make it through September.

"This is a critical public safety issue, and I feel strongly that Steve will act swiftly in this effort to stabilize the Central Coventry Fire District," Chafee said in a statement, according to the Journal. "He understands the issues. He is an attorney, and he recently was the manager of a large municipality. I believe he is well-suited for this task."

Earlier this year, a judge ordered the liquidation of the Central Coventry Fire District after it went bankrupt. The order mandated that the district close by May 16. Chafee's actions will avoid that.

Town officials and the local firefighters' union has said the closure would slow firefighting operations. The Central Coventry Fire District is the largest of the town's four fire districts.
mad hatter May 14, 2014 at 07:01 AM
kevin, are you kidding me?? you are obviously a ff here. why would anyone want to get trapped into a long term debt that they did not need to have? are you under the impression that the debt will just stay the size it is now and never grow?? are you shocked at the image you see every morning in the mirror??
Frank May 14, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Kevin, your post is incredible ! What a foolish statement !
mad hatter May 14, 2014 at 09:02 AM
noooo Kevin, you dont get to run and hide: Kevin May 14, 2014 at 02:12 AM Why bitch about a little Debt? You guys are a whole town! It's long term debt spaced over years with payments. Wow what does that sound like? I maybe a fucking mortgage? Show of hands who bought there house cash?
Tom Badger May 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Well Mad Hatter you must understand they are all union scammers lol .
Tom Badger May 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Funny how they use the threat of public safety to scare the taxpayers . Adolf Hitler did the very same .


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