Both firefighters and fire code were the center of discussion Monday evening during the Niles Charter Township Board of Trustees’ regular meeting.
A new fire code was introduced with a public hearing set for the Aug. 17 regular meeting, and three firefighters were in attendance from the Niles Township Fire Department to be recognized and appointed in duties for August. Three volunteer firefighters were recognized for achieving their state certifications with the Niles Township Fire Department, and an acting fire chief for the department was appointed as Chief Gary Brovold hung up his gear when he retired from the position on Aug. 1.
The U.S. Fire Administration reported on the death of a Bloomfield Hills (MI) Department of Public Safety member who passed away of an apparent heart attack earlier this week.
On August 2, 2020, Sergeant Steven Splan, 46, was on fire duty and, at approximately 1200hrs, helped to remove a tree blocking a roadway. Sergeant Splan, later in the evening during patrol, went on a meal break to the public safety building, where he was found unresponsive in the department kitchen. CPR was immediately performed and he was taken to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack late in the evening on August 2, 2020.
Sergeant Splan had 28 years of service.
Muskegon Township residents voted in favor of two millage renewals Tuesday, continuing their support for public safety and street lighting for another five years.
The public safety millage passed with a vote of 2,524 yes and 834 no, while the street lighting millage passed with 2,199 yes and 1,136 no, according to unofficial Tuesday, Aug. 4, election results from the Muskegon County clerk’s office. Township voters renewed the 2.75-mill property tax to fund police and fire services through 2024. The millage will raise $1.04 million the first year.
One mill of tax equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value. Owners of a home with a market value of $150,000 and a taxable value of $75,000, would pay $206.25 per year for the public safety millage.