COVENTRY SEEKS FIRE COVERAGE
COVENTRY – Selectmen met with neighboring town officials Wednesday to discuss fire coverage.Coventry doesn't have its own fire department. Instead, it pays Newport City, Newport Center, Orleans, and Irasburg per firefighter who responds to a scene. It also pays per piece of apparatus used at a scene. Now Coventry officials hope to pay an annual base fee to help the department with its operating budget."We're not here to nickel and dime you," Coventry Select Board Chairman Mike Marcotte told officials from other towns. "We're here to try to work out a payment system that works for your budgets and our budgets."For more of this story, read Friday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 20, 2013.