The chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 has invited members of the Lansing City Council and two township boards to meet to discuss the dissolution of the fire district.

The chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 has invited members of the Lansing City Council and two township boards to meet to discuss the dissolution of the fire district.

“They’ve got to start talking at some point,” Chief Rick Huhn said.

On June 29, the Lansing mayor and City Council members sent notification of their intent to withdraw from the fire district. City officials plan to operate a new Lansing Fire Department utilizing personnel and equipment from the fire district.

Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 provides fire protection services for the city of Lansing and Delaware and High Prairie townships.

The fire district was formed through an interlocal agreement that was approved in 2003. The agreement requires a party to provide a written notice of its intent to terminate the agreement at least 18 months in advance of the termination date.

Lansing city officials plan to cease their participation in the fire district at the end of 2019.

Huhn has proposed that members of the Lansing City Council and township boards meet Aug. 13. Huhn, who plans to retire later this year, has offered to coordinate this initial meeting.

He proposed the meeting in a letter sent to various parties on Wednesday. In the letter, Huhn indicated he would like for the parties to discuss possibilities and options for future fire protection for the community.

Lansing city officials have said the Lansing Fire Department can offer services to the two townships on a contractual basis.

Huhn also has invited members of the Leavenworth County Commission to the meeting as well as the public.

The County Commission was a party to the 2003 agreement that set up the fire district.

Huhn has proposed the meeting take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at Lansing Middle School, 220 Lion Lane.

Huhn’s letter suggests that discussion topics for the meeting include legal and political concerns and possible solutions and obtaining information requested by all parties.

Huhn also suggests that someone else be selected to coordinate future meetings between the parties. He suggests that this person not be associated with the city of Lansing or the two townships.

As of Thursday morning, Huhn said he had received only one response to his letter. This was from a member of the Delaware Township board.

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