KOSHKONONG -- The Koshkonong Volunteer Fire Department can now be added to the list of unhappy campers in the Oregon County community of Koshkonong.
A lawsuit was recently filed and papers served last week on the city of Koshkonong by the Koshkonong Volunteer Fire Department. Koshkonong Fire Department Board of Directors Chairman Doyle Langley said the board thinks the city has breached a contract made between the city and the fire department seven years ago,
Langley said over 60 days ago the fire department board asked the city council to abide by the contract which states the Koshkonong Volunteer Fire Department agrees to provide fire protection and related services to the city and to persons and property located within the city limits for a period of five years in exchange for the property and building now known as the fire station. The contract said this would include a clear deed and abstract. This is what Langley and the board want.
Koshkonong Mayor Tom Lowe said the fire department has not held up their end of the contract. "The well at the fire station was supposed to be in operation two years ago and the fire department was supposed to be using their water. The well was not in operation until this past August. They used city water to fill a 5,000-gallon tanker truck repeatedly to use not only in Koshkonong but outside the city limits." Lowe said. He added that they were supposed to keep up the fire house building and the vehicles and that the city council does not think this has been accomplished.
The Koshkonong Fire Department was taken over from the city in 1988. Langley said the department had one 1942 Ford firetruck. "Today we have a 1954 Ford firetruck; a 1961 LaFrance firetruck; four pickup trucks used to fight grass fires; one 5,000-gallon tanker truck; hoses and other fire fighting equipment. Work on the new pump and well at the fire house has cost the department $4,400," he said.
The Koshkonong Fire Department is governed by a board of directors. Besides Langley, board members include: Marcus Reynolds, fire chief; Carrie Jackson, treasurer; Geneva Bernard, secretary; and Ted Stanley; Bill Haley; Jimmy Reynolds; and David Rigel.
Lowe said he thinks the fire department does not have the support of the community and that attorney Harvey Allen would be looking into the lawsuit.
Meanwhile Langley and the Koshkonong Fire Department are waiting for a court date to be set so the matter can be settled.