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Judge Orders Liquidation of Central Coventry Fire District

Superior Court Judge Stern has ordered the liquidation of the Central Coventry Fire Department.

The order came during a hearing at noon Wednesday at Kent County Courthouse.

The court vacated a previous order putting liquidation on hold, paving the way for the fire district to officially begin the liquidation process.

Liquidation shall be complete by May 16.

The court said fire trucks and equipment can be liquidated and sold to pay off debt.

Stay tuned for updates.
John Brooks February 13, 2014 at 04:55 AM
Maybe with all that money from selling all the useless equipment the firemen like to buy they can afford to put the cardiac techs through Paramedic school.
Coventry February 13, 2014 at 05:46 AM
Hey John Brooks are you a idiot??? There is not gonna be any trucks for Cardiacs to ride and also CCFD has a few excellent medics but not anymore due to the incompetent board members people voted for!!! Now tell me there was a rollover and other calls the other night in town and yes everything was covered now with them gone go luck folks!! It saddens me to say I'm glad I moved out of Coventry years ago some of the old folks there think they own that town.Now with no fire dept no stations no equipment for these others districts to use the taxpayers in CC have bills galore to pay! I wish all the CC guys the best because this town is screwed big time and don't try and sell because who in there right mind is gonna move to Coventry now!!!!!
Patsy1956 February 13, 2014 at 06:03 AM
@harleyrider....go back and read my comments again. I am not a HH supporter at all. My point was that they CAN'T cover our calls....they can't even handle their own. We are screwed without CC. THAT was my point!
John Brooks February 13, 2014 at 06:08 AM
The whole system was screwed to begin with. Fire everyone and start over. A clean slate is whats needed here.
Randy February 13, 2014 at 07:05 AM
I don't really agree with liquidation but is that the only way to make drastic changes to or do away with the collective bargining agreement??
Realistic Taxpayer February 13, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Mr. Randy, what type of drastic changes need to be made?
CLC February 13, 2014 at 07:28 AM
The state needs to step in for public safety. Obviously there are charters that need to go and "more experienced" law makers in RI will meed to step in and put safety first. Taxes need to be part of the real estate bill like in surrounding cities. Since we are going through a complete overhaul, we need a complete overhaul of local government who are elected to protect their citizens from things like this. Step up RI and help Coventry restructure. Also surrounding fire departments need to step up, change policies on hiring and help these "abused" firefighters out. Why not hire them since they are trained, experienced and ready to go. It's all part of the bigger picture and why the world is the way it is. No respect for one another, certainly not police, fire, teachers etc. this is what we are teaching our children. A sad day for Coventry but also Rhode Island.
Landman February 13, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Can we all be honest here, this whole situation was going no where fast and there was no 'real' way out. $1 million in concessions were not enough, raising taxes wasn't enough, closing stations wasn't enough. The debt and overhead was just too big for the size of our district to handle...period. The monster got out of hand. I am just glad to come to some sort of clean resolution. I know my taxes will be used to pay off the debt, but it's better than limping the district along over the next 5 years with no resolution and continually expanding debt, we would have ended the same way. I would have just grown ever more resentful of paying my bill. I hate not having services, but I also accept I live in a rural town. When I was a kid we had 1/3 the amount of firemen and they were almost all volunteer. I know the sky won't fall tomorrow and we'll get through this tough time. It's time to shut off the credit card and take responsibility for the mismanagement. Everyone in the community is culpable in this situation, whether it be apathy in management oversight by the community, or an unwillingness to provide major concessions or drastic cuts. Time to stop finger pointing, take a breath, and move forward. A community united will get much more done with two main goals...safety and affordability.
Stanley Martin February 13, 2014 at 08:24 AM
From projo "As to what happens in a defunct fire district on and after May 17 when someone calls to report a fire and ask for help, “I’ve been trying to avoid having to answer that,” Land replied." WOW... Great plan you guys have!!!! Glad I live many towns away...
getreal February 13, 2014 at 08:25 AM
To all readers look at Brooks and Randy, they are the classic example of whats wrong with Coventry. Brooks is an expert on whats useless equipment (sarcasm) and Randy is just a union buster, public safety is not a high priority and yeh (love this one) who said insurance will not change....Last person leaving Coventry leave the light on because no one has to pay for it so they think..
bob petrarca February 13, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Let the town and state get sued enough over wrongful death or wrongful property destruction because emergency equipment couldn't be dispatched in a timely manner and we'll see how long it takes to turn things around. BTW who will be paying my increased insurance bill come May. I'm certainly not seeing as the town screwed this whole thing up. Leave it to the tax payers to pick up where our government fails us. That seems to a continuously recurring theme in this country - Obama-care fails, let he people pay more for health insurance, 38 Studios goes under due to shady financing - let the taxpayers pick up the bill, Can't afford a fire department - let the people pay higher insurance premiums. After all in this economy, we taxpayers have all this extra money just laying around and can go without food and heating oil and gas to get to work - you know the simple luxuries that we apparently over indulge on. Fire every single Mike-Foxtrot from the governor on down!!!!
listening February 13, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Unfortunately the taxpayers/voters decided to back Pat Morgan and her so called plan. Wasn't it her I saw on TV this morning saying that they have to work hard now to formulate a plan. Geee !!!!! Reading these comments some people just don't get it. We have to pay upwards of 20 mil in debt folks with no services. Figure out what 20 mil comes out to vs. your previous fire tax bill. Fixing CCFD was the lesser of 2 evils.
getreal February 13, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Now they have to work hard to formulate a plan !! How irresponsible can you be as an elected official. Pat Morgan you have failed the people of Coventry with your lack of planning and lack of concern beyond your personal agenda, You should be sued ( cha ching $ $ $) by anyone who is struck with a tragedy because of your agenda. The sad part is money can not bring back the most important things, well to most of us anyways.
listening February 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Morgan and her henchmen had 6 mos to formulate a plan. Where is it? The BOD blindly did her dirty work and hope they are proud of themselves. Wonder what it feels like to sell your soul among other body parts. Will have to ask Gralinski and the crew. Hope they are proud of themselves. Then we have Kettle. With all the problems here locally and a 9 percent unemployment rate in the State, he has time to draw cartoons.
Coventry Citizen February 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM
What comprises the 20 million in debt? Aren't debt obligations dismissed in bankruptcy??
listening February 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Debt obligations are not dismissed because this is not a bankruptcy. Fire districts are not allowed to claim bankruptcy and all debt has to be paid. The debt is going to be comprised of the unfunded pension money, the money owed MERS, the debt for bills owed, the unemployment insurance that will have to be paid for the firemen. Read todays Projo. It says that the money for the debt will come from taxes.
Luckycat February 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Stop the blaming.....it's over! Time to restructure Coventry's fire and rescue departments. Charters need to go and we need to become one! We also need to be done with a "Town Council" and change to a Mayor".....
Concerned Resident February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM
understanding that this blog is for ff comments in pointing the finger at anyone and everyone except themselves, I would like to offer that perhaps the many roving patch ff commenters such as stanley and rhody would consider taking turns roving from their other town ff stations to cover the ccfd. Hopefully these soon to be out of work ff will soon understand the plight of many out of work and or over taxed residents.
getreal February 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
And why hasn't the board of dysfunction come up with this plan before the liquidation order ? When a liquidation order comes you are not released from your obligations and now bills will come due in a more timely fashion lets say...Again, keep your hands and feet inside this ride until it comes to a full and complete stop ! Hold on now.....
Concerned Resident February 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM
getreal, how do you feel tiverton ff would address a problem similar to ccfd?
Reasonable Taxpayer February 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Where is Chief Seltzer? Now there is a Man that can shed some light on a lot of questions that get asked here....Strange that nobody mentions the guy's Name. It was like he was never here. He was only here for 35 yrs. Chief Seltzer?.....where are you?. The silence is deafening.
getreal February 13, 2014 at 01:13 PM
I would not know how Tiverton would handle this, why do you ask.....wrong again less than Concerned Resident. I know you have great distaste for Firefighters just by reading your post. Did you not get a puppy as a child or are you the great cartoonist who needs to grow up ?
MSceen February 13, 2014 at 01:20 PM
I don't know if mopedrider is a man or woman so I will say he/she.He/she blames Raptakis and Assalone and his tribe.How about Seltzer? Some say it's the $800,000 mistake.No.It's way more than that.At the annual meeting a couple of years ago we were 1.6million in debt with no plan to reduce the debt. That was the former board, Bouchard, Bonn and The Gizzer.Conrad Burns got up and asked several questions, none of which the board could answer. At that point Conrad said " none of you can answer any questions and you expect the taxpayers to approve this budget, it's not going to happen and the taxpayers rejected the budget. Joe Bonn blames Assalone for the level funding-it was because that board had no answers.I guess that's why Judge Stern referred to them as "incompetent".When the last contract was negotiated Joe Bonn was the chief negotiator " for the district"He is former FF collecting a disability pension,has been since 2002.Dave Gorman "represented" the FF's. The result of that negotiation did not reduce the debt of 1.6million.Also, no one has produced a vote approving that contract to my knowledge.The Gizzer says he has the answer-pay the debt off over a period of 30-40 years. I'm not kidding.We have several pieces of equipment that are junk because the former board did not keep an eye on what was going on.Some say Seltzer let Gorman run the show because the was grateful the union helped with the merger that Seltzer wanted.In most districts the Chief is in charge of the run calls. Guess who is in charge at CCFD?When a call comes in near Anthony they have to sit and watch as CCFD responds several minutes later because the men in charge of the runs does not want them going,it's CCFD's teritory.If they reall cared about fire protection and safety they would let Anthony respond. The same at Hope-Jackson, they have to wait even with the Riverview nursing home down the road. I could go on but I have to get back to work.The next time you want to blame Raptakis, Assalone and his tribe on the current board, consider who is really to blame. God Bless.
getreal February 13, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Less then Concerned, I see you follow all the fighting with NKFF and N K Council also, So tell us your thoughts on NKFD and how you are just concerned about Coventry, do you have an agenda much.
Stanley Martin February 13, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Concerned has one agenda and that's being an uniformed d bag. I laugh every time he comments.
Becca February 13, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Wait till they need these guys they will be "kicking" their A$$e$
Randy February 13, 2014 at 06:25 PM
getreal, how long was CCFD part of a union ? Are you saying that before they were unionized the department was a shit show that couldn't get anything done? Then the union came along to right the ship and without a union firefighter there will be no public safety? Realistic, i'm thinking changes drastic enough for the cost of operation not to exceed the amount of taxes taken in.
Coventry Board of Directors February 17, 2014 at 05:08 PM
To See the CCFD Board of Director's Statement - visit http://coventry.patch.com/groups/giving-back-in-coventry/p/a-message-from-the-central-coventry-fire-district-board-of-directors_e71eeabe
John February 17, 2014 at 11:26 PM
@MSceen Well welcome Mr. Assalone! You lie just as well on here as you do in person. I read the minutes to all those meetings and you did in fact cause most of the problems. Now how does your family like working for the town? A promotion coming I hear!!
Gem101 February 18, 2014 at 07:34 AM
I hate to say it but the issues DO NOT LYE IN ANOTHER TOWM so maybe we can start to move forward and have discussions pertaining to CCFD,we are the ones holding the bag.Stay focused and lets see where the GA takes us. Word has it legislation will come out with the TOWN of COVENTRY as ONE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

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