COVENTRY WARMS UP TO FIRE DEPARTMENT

COVENTRY – Pedro Grondin, during last year’s annual Town Meeting, lit the flame that sparked the interest for Coventry to start its own fire department. This year, residents will vote if they want to continue with the process or extinguish the idea.Voters will also be asked if they want to authorize the select board to spend no more than $515,000 for the purpose of building, equipping and establishing the first year's budget. If approved, the department would be part of the town’s operating budget. Since the town doesn’t have a municipal budget, property taxes won’t be affected. For more on this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 13, 2013.