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Part of Clear Lake Township could be without fire protection

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VENTURA (AP) -

A disagreement over fees could leave some residents of Clear Lake Township without fire protection this summer.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1chCDo3) 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.

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