The Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District’s new chief, Joseph M. Cluchey, is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community.
Having previously worked his way up through the ranks to become the chief of the South Elgin & Countryside Fire Protection District, Cluchey has the experience and background that Elburn was looking for in a new leader. After a nationwide search that began with 49 applicants, Cluchey was the district’s top choice. He was sworn in as the new chief Nov. 14.
“He caught everybody’s eye,” fire district board member Brian Schopp said.
Schopp said that having dealt with the tremendous growth that has taken place in South Elgin since Cluchey joined the department in 1981, he feels Cluchey is well-prepared to shepherd Elburn through its upcoming growth and challenges.
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The emergency dispatch consolidation process in Whiteside County has hit a rough patch.
Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott was at Monday's Sterling City Council meeting to voice his displeasure over the hiring process for a dispatch director.
Wescott, a former emergency services professional, recounted the county's history with 911 services.
"It was 24 years ago that emergency 911 came into being in Whiteside County, and at the time, we didn't do one center for Sterling and Rock Falls, as many thought we should have," Wescott said.
Fast-forward to the present, and both cities no longer will be allowed to have public safety answering points.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill July 31, 2015, that allows no more than two emergency dispatch centers in counties with a population of 250,000 or less. Whiteside County now has dispatch units in Sterling, Rock Falls, and Morrison.
Following a recent ambulance collision, the Edwardsville Fire Department addressed the Public Safety Committee at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss the possibility of remounting or replacing the ambulance involved.
Due to extensive damage, the ambulance was totaled.
Edwardsville Fire Department Captain James Whiteford said currently the department and the insurance company are trying to figure out the best and cheapest solution.
“We are still waiting on the insurance company to decide what they want to do about that. Their two options are to just pay to replace it or send it down to Alabama to the manufacturer, have them evaluate whether it can be repaired and added on to a new chassis. The insurance company has not made that decision yet. I suspect they’re trying to figure out how much it’s going to cost to send it to Alabama and get the information and weigh that against replacing the whole thing,” Whiteford said.
If you drive by the Dixon Rural or Dixon City fire departments, you’ll see a wreath hanging above each department’s firehouse doors. The wreaths are adorned with red lights – and firefighters want to keep it that way.
Members of both departments have again joined the Keep the Wreath Red Campaign to help raise awareness of holiday-related fires. While Christmas brings a lot of joy, it also brings an increased risk of fires, with extension chords snaking in and around homes, dry Christmas trees, and lights galore.
The property tax rate in Quincy may not be going up after all after new numbers from the state show that the city may not need it.
City officials planned to raise property taxes to help meet a state law requiring more money be put into police and firefighter pensions, but Mayor Kyle Moore now says the property tax rate will stay the same.
Moore says state numbers came in lower than they expected. With property values going up in the city, the current tax rate will allow them to put in hundreds of thousands more towards then pension than targets set out by the Department of Insurance.