The ongoing saga of the Mitchell Rural Fire Association continued yesterday when the Davison County Commissioners refused to give any extra money to the association to buy a new grass rig.
The saga began last year when the city of Mitchell, which contracts with the association to provide fire protection to the people in the association’s rural area, demanded that the association buy a new grass rig for the city to use. The city considers the association’s existing grass rig to be old and substandard.
Though the association didn’t have the money, its then-leader signed a contract with the city that required the new grass rig to be purchased. The association has been in chaos since then, because its funding wasn’t exactly in order during the past few years and new leaders have had to scramble to come up with the money for the grass rig.
The association has raised all but about $17,000 for the grass rig, and it wants the County Commission to contribute the rest. Commissioners refused yesterday during a tense meeting at the courthouse.
Did the commissioners do the right thing?