She thought more discussion would take place before town vote last week.
The Town Board last week approved a new fire-protection contract with the Macedon Center Fire Department while retaining services with the village, but that doesn’t mean all is well when it comes to relations between the often-sparring governments.
Town officials said the contract is the result of a compromise between town and village governments following a joint meeting of the boards on April 9.
The new contract, which will go into effect in January 2014, will allow the village to continue serving parts of the town that would make sense to retain faster response times as well as open up more opportunities for recruiting volunteers by building a new town-operated fire house on the western side of Macedon.
The original five-year contract, which was tabled after a contentious public hearing on March 14, would have cut the Macedon Fire Department’s coverage area to solely village limits.
“We want to be very clear that what has changed … is that the Town Board no longer intends to sever its relationship (via the village) with the Macedon Fire Department,” a press release issued by the town reads. “The Town Board aims to continue to contract with the village for its services, and with this latest action provide more opportunities … to share equipment and facilities between departments.”
This town sees this agreement as the first step in accepting an alternative solution proposed by the town at the April 9 joint meeting held in the interest of cultivating a more productive working relationship between the municipalities.
Hammond said Monday that the resolution is the result of productive discussions between the two municipalities.
“I had sent a letter to Marie (Village Mayor Marie Cramer) that said the meeting went very well and that everyone seemed to be in agreement with (this resolution),” said Town Supervisor Bill Hammond. “We had a lengthy discussion at our town meeting on Thursday, and in the end, (the Town Board) agreed that more is better based on what we heard at the public hearing. We wanted additional fire services, and it was evident that we needed something on the west end, so we moved forward.”
However, Cramer, however, felt the agreement warranted more joint discussion following the April 9 meeting.
“The Village board and the residents (had hoped) that both boards would work together on a fire contract. The Village board and the Macedon Fire Department was quite shocked to learn that the Town Board made a decision without our input on this matter,” she said.