A three-year renewal contract between Amherst Township and the city of Amherst was brought to City Council during a Jan. 7 meeting that calls for slight increases in monthly fees for fire protection and hourly wages for the township.
Amherst Mayor Mark Costilow said during the meeting that the city and Amherst Fire Chief Jim Wilhelm negotiated with the township about the increases.
Amherst Township has since signed the contract, Costilow said.
“The fire chief (Wilhelm) did a very good job negotiating that contract right up until the last minute,” the mayor said. “(The previous contract) did expire at the end of last year, but in good faith, we’re still gonna provide those protection services.”
The contract said the township will pay $11,000 a quarter to the city through Dec. 31, 2021, and will pay $28 an hour per firefighter responding through Dec. 31, 2020, and $29 through 2021.