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Chelsea Area Fire Authority to pay off vehicle

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority Board (CAFA) unanimously agreed to pay off Squad 6-2 and save about $38,000 in payments and interest during the next five years.

Chelsea Fire Chief Rob Arbini said when researching the debt-reduction plan, he took into account the grant funding the fire authority has received. In addition, he said he continues to add $200,000 to the capital replacement fund for future vehicle purchases and won’t be dipping into the authority’s contingency fund.

CAFA owes about $176,000 to pay off the vehicle to lender Kansas State Bank and the money will be paid from the general fund.

The restated Articles of Incorporation have now been approved by three of the four authority members. Monday, the City of Chelsea unanimously approved the revised document, while the township boards from Lima and Sylvan townships previously approved the changes.

Lyndon Township is the final member of the authority to approve it. It’s expected that the newly elected board will discuss the request at its board meeting in December.

On Friday, there will be a swearing-in for the newly elected Lyndon Township Board: Supervisor Pam Byrnes, Clerk Linda Reilly, Treasurer Kristen Brekke, and Trustees Tim Eder and Robert Mester.  

Byrnes spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, introducing herself to the CAFA Board saying she looked forward to working with them in the future.

Several CAFA board members plan to be at the swearing-in and give the newly elected board a walk-though tour of the new CAFA Fire Station 3, which is located on the township hall property.

The next regular CAFA meeting is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. via Zoom.  

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