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Council, EGFD spar over merger

February 11, 2013

East Greenwich Town Council President Michael Isaacs makes a statement to the East Greenwich Board of Fire Commissioners during Monday’s meeting regarding the possible merger of the two governing bodies. (Photo: James Bessette)

Daly wants further talks about consolidation; Isaacs says voters have spoken

EAST GREENWICH — The East Greenwich Fire District believes there should be further discussion regarding the possible merger with the Town of East Greenwich.
The Town Council, on the other hand, is taking the stance that the voters from the community have spoken from the Nov. 6 general election.

Members from both municipalities met in a confab Monday evening inside a crowded cafeteria at Swift Community Center, with state government officials and local firefighters in attendance to participate in the discussion regarding the potential consolidation of the two governing bodies into a single sanction.
Town Council President Michael Isaacs unveiled a draft of the legislation put together for discussion detailing what will be transferred under the jurisdiction of the Town of East Greenwich if it is passed by the General Assembly at the State House.
The nine-section draft states that all permanent and part-time employees who are working for the EGFD on the date of the merger’s enactment will become employees of the Town and “shall retain all accumulated rank, benefits and other rights of employment as existed with the East Greenwich Fire District.”
In addition to acquiring the property, assets and personnel of the Fire District, according to Section 4 of the draft, the Town of East Greenwich will also acquire and “be responsible for” all debts, duties, liabilities and obligations of the EGFD that currently exists on the date that the merger passes. In Section 3 of the proposed document, the collective bargaining agreement – which is currently under negotiation – entered between the Fire District and the East Greenwich Fire Fighters Association Local 3328 will remain in full effect following the completion of the merger and shall be treated as an agreement between the Town of East Greenwich and Local 3328.
For more on this story and other local news, pick up a copy of The East Greenwich Pendulum.

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