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Shade Township supervisors hold meeting to discuss fire coverage proposals



Shade Township supervisors are dealing with complicated fire coverage proposals that could eliminate the Hooversville Fire Department from covering Shade Township.

A shade township supervisors meeting filled with lots of tension...people from Hooversville and shade township voicing their frustrations over a new fire coverage proposal. Many upset Hooversville could be eliminated.

Currently Hooversville, Richland, and Stoystown fire departments cover Shade Township, but Hooversville may get cut based on the current proposal.

Under the new plan, Windber would step in and replace both Richland and Hooversville. This would leave the latter with no funds from Shade Township taxpayers.

Shade Township supervisor John Topka told 6 News Wednesday the main reason for possibly eliminating Hooversville is because Windber is offering an ambulance service, something the community needs.

Topka offered no comment after the meeting.

Topka and Windber's fire chief says Hooversville would still get called to fires.

The Shade Township supervisors say they hope to have a decision made by September but wouldn't make any guarantee.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times