St. Joe Township FD Going Out Of Business

By Maureen Mespell

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Leaders of one of the most respected township fire departments in this area are going through the painful process of putting the agency out of business.

Annexations in the 1990's and 2000's have caused the township to dramatically shrink in size, also cutting the tax base.

Bids have been taken from other departments interested in taking over the St. Joseph Township Fire and Ambulance Service.

Officials will make no announcements at a scheduled meeting Tuesday, because they need more time to hash out which bid is the best.

Richard Uhrick, St. Joe Township Trustee says, "So until all of this is done and the board signs the requests for proposals, there really is nothing to report to the people."

Members of the township fire department are distributing flyers, claiming that the shakeup is ill advised and is being rushed through.

The flyer calls on residents to complain to Uhrick and GOP Party Chairman Steve Shine.

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