FISHER —The Fisher Village Board voted unanimously to join the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network. Membership costs $100 annually. By being a member Fisher and any other public entity that joins automatically have contractual agreements with the other members. That would cover the village should a disaster occur in Fisher — such as November's tornadoes in Gifford — and have to put up a local match for disaster aid reimbursement.
Mayor Milt Kelly said the village would not be required to assist another community. Kelly said the calls for help are usually done regionally and responders would be relatively near the affected town.
Also the board directed its attorney Marc Miller to draw up a resolution for a vote next month to adopt the National Incident Management System. Kelly urged his fellow trustees to take the online training for the system.
Miller will also draw up an ordinance governing mayoral succession. It will be based strictly on seniority and the board agreed with that principle.
But the board does not agree on the village being directly responsible for the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. Trustee Mike Bayler would like the ESDA to come under the purview of the fire protection district, but still be funded by the village.
Kelly disagrees with that proposal but the board will discuss that possible change next month as well as a proposal to spend $5,400 to upgrade the ESDA radios.