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Governor Tries to Save Bankrupt Central Coventry Fire District

The district may avoid a court-order shutdown.

File photo.
File photo.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Monday announced the state will take control of the bankrupt Central Coventry Fire District and try to save it in the face of a court-ordered shutdown.

The Providence Journal reported Chafee signed a new law last week that gives the state authority to control such fire districts. The state has previously taken over districts in Central Falls, East Providence, and Woonsocket, according to the Journal.

Earlier this year, a judge ordered the liquidation of the Central Coventry Fire District after it went bankrupt. The order mandates that the district close by May 16. That means 44 firefighters and four administrators would lose their jobs.

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.
Tom Badger May 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM
My family is actually fairly large but I do not total up everything . Never do . Beats shaking down the taxpayers and trying to scare the citizenry with fraud like you shakedown artists . of course you pray on the weak , helpless and those not in the know but you do not like the fact that you can't fool me and that's tough luck scumbags .
Tom Badger May 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM
I sometimes forget scumbags are like that but then all of a sudden I remember about scammers like yourselves and now the citizenry are smartening up indeed in many districts as mentioned in the ProJo .
Randy May 14, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Thanks for posting that Oaker, now all the people who kept saying the clerical error wasn't known until Mr. land found it can't claim that's a lie or misinformation.
Tom Badger May 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM
funny how many scammers will do "clerical errors" on purpose to achieve fraudulent activities .
Can't Wait To Leave May 14, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Oaker thanks for the links. I had not seen those articles. They look good in the paper and may be good, only time will tell. I will say though that it looks like they are going to look at it but giving them selfs every way out of actually placing blame and pointing to those people. It seems like the whole Special master thing. He did nothing to help the tax payers. Land tried to placate the tax payers and more or less keep it status quo. He never had intentions of asking that board to step down or even look to see who was to blame, just raise the taxes. The state appointed person has already said he sees a fully paid ccfd. It surprises me that a former town manager that has 80 volunteer fire fighters would already say that. Seems to me he knows what direction it's going to head in and he just started. It seems like it's only ccfd that won't be safe volunteer fire. Kind of like in the article Land said He might file against the old chief. I guess 3 years and all his work at ccfd still have not convinced him anything was done wrong except for the taxpayers not wanting to shut up and take it on the chin. Like I said I will give him his time but I'm not hanging my hat on these articles. The replies at the end of the article were the best. Judging from how and what is said I bet they come from taxpayers who don't live here and shed light on the issue from a thread person point of view. Not the tax payer that has been getting screwed, or the people that have pay checks from ccfd, or districts that reap the bennys of having two fire districts make up taxed very heavily and account for over 3/4 of the town fire services at no cost to them.

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