Hearing Tomorrow For Engine 7 Case

by Gabe Bullard on January 19, 2009

The dispute over the closure of an Old Louisville fire station continues in court Tuesday.

The Engine 7 fire station was closed on January 11th.   The move has drawn objections and a lawsuit from residents who claim their safety will be jeopardized.

The fire department says Old Louisville is adequately protected by six other fire stations. Based on that data, the mayor decided to close Engine 7 to help deal with a $20 million budget shortfall.

Old Louisville resident Fred Nett says other steps should have been taken to save the money.

“These are not executive decisions to be made by politicians unilaterally in isolation without public input or any public discussion and without any input on the part of elected officials,” he says.

If the court decides Engine 7 should remain closed, Nett says the residents will appeal the case and take their concerns to the Kentucky General Assembly and Louisville Metro Council.

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