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Chester utility district to meet regarding fire department Tuesday

The Chester Public Utility District will hold  a special board meeting Tuesday, March 29, at 3 p.m. to discuss the temporary shutdown of the Chester Fire Department as a result of liability insurance issues.  The board will proceed into closed session at the start of the meeting and is expected to return to open session at or after 5 p.m., at which time the board will update the public on the issue. The meeting will be held at the utility district at 251 Chester Airport Road.

The district will post the information Wednesday morning for those who can’t attend the meeting.

Adam Cox, general manger of the utility district, had announced Thursday that Chester Fire would temporarily be unable to respond to fire or emergency medical calls due to a lack of liability insurance. The coverage had lapsed, putting the district and the public at legal risk.

Emergency medical is being provided by the Peninsula Fire District, with fire coverage provided by surrounding districts and CalFire.

In a letter sent to fire personnel by Cox and Fire Chief Bryan Lane it was reported that the district has had difficulty finding companies willing to underwrite the liability insurance, due to “numerous recent legal claims and settlements.”

More information will be reported on this issue as it becomes available. The agenda for the special meeting is below:

03-29-2022 Special Meeting Agenda