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Judge approves loan, buys Central Coventry Fire three more weeks

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By Abbey Niezgoda


The liquidation has stopped ticking on the Central Coventry Fire District for now. A judge has approved a loan from the town, giving the district $300,000. It is enough money to hold them over for three more weeks, while the legislature works to come up with a permanent funding source.

"I'm pleased that we get to live a few more weeks so to say," Central Coventry Fire Captain David Gorman said.

However, the decision did not come without controversy.

"I think it's wrong for a town to take on the role of a bank," attorney Nick Gorham said.

Gorham represents a few Coventry legislators who were hoping the judge would not approve the ban. They say the town overstepped democracy by not letting the public decide, and the loan is just throwing good money after bad.

"The Central Coventry Fire District has proven itself incapable of spending the people's money wisely," Coventry Representative Patricia Morgan said. "It's like giving matches to

There is still one more way to keep the money from coming, by filing a temporary restraining order in court, but Gorham says at this point, it seems pointless.

"The court had everything to make a decision today," Gorham said. "And why it chose
to exalt form over substance and make us go to court again tomorrow - I'm disappointed, I have to be honest.

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