Some Clear Lake Township Residents Could be Without Fire Protection This Summer

A disagreement over fees could leave some residents of a northern Iowa township without fire protection this summer. Ventura Protective Association Fire Chief John Quintus says firefighters will stop responding to calls in the western half of Clear Lake Township on July 1 unless an agreement can be reached. Quintus says the township has been paying for fire protection but since 2006 hasn't paid requested fees for vehicle and equipment replacement. A new contract proposed by the fire district would result in the township paying nearly four times its current fee of $11,556. Township Trustee Scott Pederson accused the fire district of using inaccurate information and ``blackmail tactics'' toward the township. Pederson says the township is required to provide fire protection.