POCA, W.Va. -- Putnam County Fire Board members upheld a decision made by county fire chiefs and did not grant the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department anything that its fire chief had asked for to stay a part of the board.
However, Teays Fire Chief John Smoot said the department most likely would stay with the board.
"We didn't get anything," Smoot said. "I think we'll stay, but our department still has to vote on it."
In November last year, Teays Valley hired an attorney and told the county's fire board it would leave the board and become a nonprofit agency as of July 1.
Teays Valley's desire to withdraw came after several attempts to raise the annual county fire fee, which funds Putnam's eight volunteer fire departments. In October 2011, commissioners denied the request a second time. The fee hasn't been raised in more than 20 years.
In January, Smoot said he wanted to negotiate because of criticism that if Teays Valley left the fire board it could be disbanded. Smoot had asked the board to, among other things, develop a revenue-distribution plan from fire fee money based on district population and response numbers and allow firefighters to be paid per call and to provide incentives for volunteers.
He also requested the departments take over the debt owed on fire trucks, and that titles for the trucks be turned over by the fire board to individual fire departments.
Smoot had said he planned to fund the station through a subscription program, which would be optional for residents who are served by the station.