The Fire District voted to keep the status quo and shot down the proposition to increase the fire chief position to full time. Voters were decisive in rejecting the ballot item in Tuesday's election with only 159 in favor of increasing the position while 804 voted no. "It is what it is," said current Chief John Pansecchi, who had strongly advocated for the change. "Still have to do the job and still will do the job. I just hope that we have the manpower during the day because it is just going to get harder and harder."
The concept of a full-time fire chief arose late last year when Pansecchi went public with his desire to increase his position to full time. Pansecchi, who also has a full-time job, felt with increased calls, duties, reporting, and inspections a full-time chief was needed. He also thought it would put the town in line with other smaller communities who have a full-time chief.