The town of Macedon is proposing to end its contract for fire protection with the village, but many at a packed meeting Thursday said it was a bad idea.
A proposal by the town to end its contract with the village for fire protection in favor of the Macedon Center Fire Department is on hold.
After nearly three hours of public comments — many of them testy — in a packed hall Thursday night, the Town Board opted to table the issue.
In the meantime, village and town officials have agreed to arrange a meeting between the two boards, which have been at odds for many years — at the suggestion of several in attendance.
Some even volunteered to serve as mediators if such a meeting were to happen.
If passed, the proposed five-year contract with the Macedon Center Fire Department would take over the village of Macedon Fire Department’s current service area, limiting them to solely the village. Many in the village see this as an attempt to usurp the village’s services.
“How can you put public building safety in jeopardy because of the relationship between the two entities?” said Macedon Fire Chief Tim Wilcox before the meeting. “That’s all this is about, and it’s unbelievable that it’s been allowed to get in the way of public service and public safety.”
Nearly 70 taxpayers were slated to speak on Thursday. Many hoped to convey a handful of key messages through shaky voices, flailing arms, and pointed fingers. Many were uneasy with the town’s claim they could build a new firehouse, purchase the needed equipment and recruit a new set of volunteers for a first-year budget of $95,000. None of Macedon Center’s trucks are equipped with aerial ladders, which village firefighters say is imperative for two-story buildings or higher. In particular, said those who spoke Thursday, what happens when a fire breaks out at Wal-Mart or Lowes? Others worried about slower response times in the event their home caught fire.
The evening ended with a challenge from a resident to Cramer to “make a date and get the job done” in relation to repairing the town-village relationship.
“The village has moved forward,” said Cramer. “Our residents just want peace and good things to happen here.”
Speaking after the meeting, Town Supervisor Bill Hammond remained somewhat optimistic that a deal with the village was possible.
“I think it went well,” he said.
See the full story in the March 20 edition of the Wayne Post.