Mayor closes Fire Department
Thought that some might find this interesting. From what I remember this has been an ongoing issue in this town. I don't remember when, but there was a story about the fire chief and the mayor getting into an argument that turned to blows at a council meeting a while back. Bouton is a very small community and I know there budget is very small. They pay thier dept members for calls, and I believe that is what lead to problems with thier budget.
Fire Department Dispute
Bouton,Iowa February 8th, 2006 - When a tornado ripped through Woodward in November, volunteer firefighters from the small town of Bouton were among the first to rush to the scene. Now, a more than year-long dispute in the tiny community of just 140 people finally boiled over.
Firefighters are at odds with the city. The city says the fire chief and fire fighters wouldn't operate under a budget, but some in the small community thinks the decision to close the department was personal.
For now nearby Perry firefighters will handle all emergency calls to Bouton. The mayor says he hopes to re-open the fire department sometime in the future.