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Wayne Post
  • Macedon fire pact still in limbo

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  • Macedon — The Macedon Town Board unanimously two fire-protection contracts last week. But one contract was not on the table: the one with the Macedon Village Fire Department.
    “Is there any tentative date when there might be some action on the Village Fire Department Contract?” asked Macedon Village Assistant Fire Chief Gil Magee.
    “No, there has not been a date set,” responded Town Supervisor Bill Hammond.
    “Does this mean it’s been postponed indefinitely?” asked Magee.
    “Yes,” said Hammond.
    That was the extent of the discussion about the village fire contact, which officially leaves that fire department gasping for air. Fully 70 percent of the village fire department’s budget — which would project to about $150,000 for 2014 — comes from the town.
    As the town holds onto its money, it has made two other moves that could affect the future of the existing village fire company — signing a five-year agreement in April that turns over the village department’s coverage area to the Macedon Center firefighters and authorizing the formation of a potential new fire company, the South Macedon Fire and Rescue, which would serve the town south of the canal.
    The Town Board did approve new contracts with the Farmington Volunteer Fire Association, for $37,815, and the second with the Macedon Center Volunteer Firemen’s Association for $185,376 — both for 2014.

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