The North York council on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to explore its fire service options in an effort to cut costs.
The unanimous decision came after Rick Shank, vice president of council, said the borough is missing $250,000 it received for the sale of the former Liberty Fire station at 50 E. 11th Ave. in 2005.
The money was put into an interest-earning account earmarked for future fire service use, he said after the meeting.
"There's no true way of knowing where that money was put," Shank said.
Lease: After the sale of the station, Liberty Fire Co. moved to its new station at 160 E. Eighth Ave. The borough leases that building, but the agreement ends in nine years, Shank said.
"It sounds like a long way off, but it's not," said Vivian Amspacher, council president.
With approval from the council, Shank said he will now reach out to officials from York City, the regional department York Area United Fire & Rescue and the all-volunteer Liberty Fire Co. on providing coverage to the borough under some possible new arrangement that would save money for North York.
"I think we have to at least look into it," Amspacher said.
Two of the fire departments Shank will speak with already have a working knowledge of fire service in North York.
Agreement: The borough receives coverage from Liberty Fire Co. volunteers and from paid firefighters with York City as part of an agreement it inked with the city in 2011.
Under that agreement, the borough pays the city $75,000 out of the just under $135,000 it budgeted for fire coverage yearly, Shank said, adding an additional $20,000 goes to Liberty Fire Co. The remaining money goes toward fire truck repairs and fire hydrant fees.
If the borough opts to end its current agreement with the city, it would have to notify city officials by Oct. 1, as per the agreement. The contract with the city runs through the end of the year.
"We could end up where we're at," Shank said.
He said he will have information back to council members in time for the September meeting so the council could make a decision at that meeting.
"I want to be able to look at that all" before the meeting, said councilwoman Natalie Williams.
The next North York council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the borough building, 350 E. Sixth Ave.