Pilipsburg Council Meeting
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Thursday evening, Philipsburg Borough Council held a special meeting for general purposes where anything was up for discussion. Ultimately much of the discussion centered on one topic the possibility of dropping service from one of the borough's two fire companies. If this was ultimately decided, regardless of the company dropped, close to 140 years of firefighting service for Philipsburg would end. Both the Hope and Reliance fire companies, founded just six years apart, were formed in the 1880's. Now, the older of the two, Reliance Fire Co. could soon see its last calls in the borough if council decides to draft an ordinance of decertification. Why is discussion of decertifying beginning? After many in-depth conversations with all parties involved, We looks to answer this question by providing background and addressing the controversies building up to this discussion. Below are subheadings outlining the different factors at play in this decision. Every two years, an election is held for leadership positions on the Philipsburg Fire Department, which oversees both fire companies. Those elected also play a bigger role in the Moshannon Valley Fire Council, which is tasked with providing equal funding to Reliance and Hope Fire Companies. The municipalities funding the fire council through tax dollars are Philipsburg Borough, Rush Township, and Decatur Township Clearfield County. The election for the 2020 and 2021 officers was held on the first week of November, 2019. The office of chief, overseeing both departments, was up for election among many other offices. Those at Reliance told WTAJ it had been eight years since any of their firefighters had been elected Chief. Why? It has everything to do with who can vote and like most elections who shows up. According to the department's by-laws, any member in good standing for both company�s can vote. This includes firefighters and social members. Reliance says for the last eight years, Hope's social members have outnumbered Reliance�s at the election and thus were the determining factor. Before 2012, the company chief position would pass back-and-forth between the two companies every two years.