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Homeowners closer to safer fire coverage


This disagreement has been going on for years, but now residents are one step closer to feeling safe in their own home.

This affects between 200 and 300 homes in the Nortonville area of southern Hopkins County.

In Tuesday's meeting, both sides looked at re-drawing the fire district lines.  Currently, the homes are in the Mannington fire district.  Homeowners say their insurance rates have skyrocketed because that fire department is over five miles away.

Homeowners also say response times, in the case of emergencies, has been drastically affected.

"To hopefully get every homeowner within five road miles of a fire department that will help their insurance rates and hopefully improve public safety. So we're not quite there yet but we're continuing to negotiate and I think all parties are there in good faith," said Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool.

"We just want to get into the south Hopkins district, we want to keep our money here in Hopkins County. We also want the protection that we feel like we deserve," said Nortonville homeowner Carolyn Foster.

Both sides will meet again in April.

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