Chandler City Council members will try to figure out a plan Thursday for dealing with about 1,800 county island homes that don’t have permanent fire service.
“This thing’s been going on two years now,” said Councilman Matt Orlando, who called for Thursday’s discussion.
City and county officials have been haggling for years over an intergovernmental agreement that would allow the county island residents in south Chandler to subscribe to city fire services.
Discussions began after Rural/Metro Fire Department told Chandler fire officials it planned to stop serving county islands in Chandler west of Gilbert Road.
The department officially stopped its services in the area Oct. 1, but quickly reversed that decision and agreed to continue providing service until Chandler and Maricopa County came to an agreement.
Negotiations stalled last year as both sides couldn’t agree on liability issues.
Orlando has suggested the city look at alternatives such as taking out a separate insurance rider to cover the city’s liability on county property.
The extra cost would be passed along to county island residents who subscribe to city fire service.
Fire and other emergency services would still respond to calls from non-subscribers, but those homeowners could face hefty bills afterward.
“The city’s been real good in that they’ll respond to calls,” county island homeowner Sally Petrick said. “But we still have that huge fire bill that we would have to pay after the fact.”
A representative of County Supervisor Fulton Brock, Chandler, said someone from his office would be attending Thursday’s meeting.
The City Council will discuss the county island fire issues at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St.