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Mills Fire Dept

Ethan Hecht, an engineer with the Mills Fire Department, runs an inspection on one of their ambulance units at the Mills Fire Station on May 23.

The Mills Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled and will be rescheduled, Mills Mayor Seth Coleman said. 

Coleman spent all of Tuesday with members of the Fire Department union in a formal mediation to discuss whether Mills would keep its fire department as is or move forward with an April decision to eliminate non-administrative roles in the department. 

That mediation began 10 a.m. Tuesday and was still going on as of 5 p.m. 

The firefighters union has said if the mediation results in anything short of a contract to maintain the current fire department staff, it would file a lawsuit against the town. No details have been released about what has been discussed during the mediation.

Coleman said because the mediation had lasted all day, there has not been time to prepare for Wednesday's meeting. 

Wednesday's meeting would have been the second reading of the fiscal year 2020 budget, which has faced wide community scrutiny after the town voted to eliminate the fire department's emergency response capabilities after this fiscal year.

A new meeting date has not been decided yet, Coleman said.

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Local Government Reporter

Morgan Hughes primarily covers local government. After growing up in rural Wisconsin, she graduated from Marquette University in 2018. She moved to Wyoming shortly after and covered education in Cheyenne before joining the Star-Tribune in May 2019.

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