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Community meetings planned to discuss loss of fire services

(image: WPMI) Community meetings planned to discuss loss of fire services

Proposed reduction of fire services for some residents just outside Mobile city limits is now the topic of 2 community meetings set for January 15th.

About 9000 residents and businesses will lose fire services in unincorporated areas of West Mobile and the Dawes community.

This, if Mobile reduces it's coverage to properties only inside city limits.

There's no date set to reduce services, but the city wants residents to consider their options now.

Those include joining the Seven Hills Fire District or asking to be annexed into the City of Mobile, creating their own fire district.

Any option requires an election by affected voters.

These fire service meetings will be at Living Word Church January 15th at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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Community Meetings to Discuss Fire Services

The proposed reduction of fire services by the City of Mobile will be the topic of two community meetings on Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Living Word Church, 2900 Dawes Road, Mobile. The same information will be presented at each meeting. County Commissioner Jerry Carl is hosting the meetings.

Approximately 9,000 residents and businesses in the unincorporated area of Mobile County will lose fire services if the city reduces its coverage to only properties inside the city limits. The city has not yet announced a date for the drawback, but Carl explained it is important for property owners and residents to be considering options now. The affected area is known as the West Mobile/Dawes community.

“The Mobile County Commission does not have any jurisdiction over any fire department and is not authorized by the state to start a fire department, but I want to make the citizens aware of their choices,” Carl said.

“Those choices are joining the Seven Hills Fire District, or by asking to be annexed into the City of Mobile, forming their own city, or creating their own fire district. Each of the four options would require an election by voters in the affected area,” Carl explained. He has arranged to have experts from various agencies on hand to answer questions. He stressed that while the City’s date to reduce its services has not been set, he feels it is important to make citizens aware and to start a discussion about the options.

Property owners may consult an interactive map at this website to assist them in locating their property


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