COVENTRY - Voters by a very tight margin, 89 yes to 86 no, gave the go head for a Coventry Fire Department. Voters also approved the first year budget of $515,000, 85 yes to 72 no, re-elected Cynthia Diaz to the position of town clerk, and approved an appropriation request from IROC.
The annual expense of the fire department will be about $26,000. New England Waste Services of Vermont currently pays the town's municipal taxes so the fire department, at least for now, will cost the taxpayers nothing.
Fire departments from Newport City, Newport Center, Irasburg and Orleans currently cover Coventry, the town pays for each piece of equipment and firefighter that responds, and for some of Newport City Fire Department's capital expenses. That will no longer be the case because Coventry will join the Northeast International Mutual Aid.
For the rest of this story and other Town Meeting results, see The Newport Daily Express for Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7, 2013.