Harrietstown Fire Contract Increases $35,000

Before the Town of Harrietstown even gets started on next year’s budget, they’ll have to pay back money they borrowed from an emergency fund designed to be there in times of need. That’s because the Town of Santa Clara has chosen to enter into the Tupper Lake Fire Contract, as opposed to the Saranac Lake Contract. The Town Board in Santa Clara will save approximately $28,000 in fire protection, but the different for the taxpayer may be negligible if the fire insurance rates increase for property owners as a result of the distance Tupper Lake’s crew will have to travel to get to a fire there. According to Village Manager John Sweeney, the average payment for taxpayers under the VIllage of Saranac Lake Fire Contract is about $58.00 or $1.12 per week. Santa Clara will still use the volunteer ambulance service from Saranac Lake, which would appear to be their acknowledgement that there are going to be some distance issues if someone’s house is on fire..  There are several different aspect of the vote taken by Santa Clara’s board on the 5th of December;

AUDIO – 122013 – Town of Harrietstown vs Santa Clara

The Public Hearing on the proposed St. Regis Falls Fire contract was convened at 5:30 P.M. by Supervisor Webb. The new contract is with the St. Regis Falls Fire District for the furnishing of fire protection by said Fire District to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District. The terms of the proposed contract include that the said Fire District shall answer and attend upon all calls for emergency fire protection in the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District; that the contract term shall be for a period of three (3) years commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2016; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the St. Regis Falls Fire District for providing such fire protection shall be: $4,000.00 for the year 2014, $4,000.00 for the year 2015 and $4,080.00 for the year 2016.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 5:39 P.M. on the motion of Phil Durkin, seconded by Dave Perry. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Public Hearing on the proposed St. Regis Falls Ambulance Corporation contract was convened at 5:40 P.M. by Supervisor Webb. The new contract with the St. Regis Falls Ambulance Corporation for the furnishing of ambulance coverage and emergency medical services by said Ambulance Corporation to the Town of Santa Clara contracted ambulance area. The contract term shall be for a period of three (3) years commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2016; and the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the St. Regis Falls Ambulance Corporation for providing such services shall be: $4,000.00 for the year 2014, $4,000.00 for the year 2015 and $4,080.00 for the year 2016.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 5:49 P.M. on the motion of Tom Kimpton, seconded by Phil Durkin. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Public Hearing on the proposed Tupper Lake Fire contract was convened at 5:50 P.M. by Supervisor Webb. The new fire protection contract with the Village of Tupper Lake that will terminate the existing fire protection contract dated March 8, 2012 and provide for the furnishing of fire protection by said Village to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District. The terms of the proposed contract include that the said Fire District shall answer and attend upon all calls for emergency fire protection in the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District; that the contract term shall be for a period of five (5) years commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2018; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the Village of Tupper Lake for providing such fire protection shall be: $43,000.00 for the year 2014, $43,000.00 for the year 2015, $44,290.00 for the year 2016, $44,290.00 for the year 2017 and $45,618.70 for the year 2018. The reason for terminating the March 8, 2012 contract is that said Village has offered to provide fire protection to an expanded coverage area and a new agreement is required to define that expanded area and provide for payment to said Village of the cost thereof.

The new area will encompass the entire Southern end of the Town of Santa Clara, except for the Keeses Mills Road/Bay Pond area which is covered by the Paul Smith Gabriel’s Fire Department.

Councilman Rick Lyon expressed his concerns with the fire insurance rates of the Town’s residents going up since the Tupper Lake Fire Department may be further away than the Saranac Lake Fire Department.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:09 P.M. on the motion of Phil Durkin, seconded by Dave Perry. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Public Hearing on the proposed Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. contract was convened at 6:10 P.M. by Supervisor Webb. The new contract with the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for the furnishing of emergency ambulance service to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District # II. The terms of the proposed contract include that the contract term shall be for a period of twelve calendar months and that the annual amount to be paid to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for providing such service shall be $2,000.00.

The Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Incorporated’s new area will encompass the entire Southern end of the Town of Santa Clara, except for the Keeses Mills Road/Bay Pond area which is covered by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:14 P.M. on the motion of Phil Durkin, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Public Hearing on the proposed Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. contract was convened at 6:15 P.M. by Supervisor Webb. The new contract with the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. for the furnishing of pre-hospital emergency medical care and transport ambulance services of the sick and injured within the borders of the Town. The proposed contract states that its term shall be for a period of one year commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2014 and that the amount to be paid by the Town to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Inc.for providing such services shall be $28,755.00.

Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. will cover the Keeses Mills Road/Bay Pond area and provide backup to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc.

All those wishing to make oral or written comments having been heard, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:30 P.M. on the motion of Tom Kimpton, seconded by Phil Durkin. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.


Regular Monthly Meeting

Regular monthly meeting called to order by Supervisor Webb at 7:00 P. M. Motion by Phil Durkin, seconded by Tom Kimpton to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Rick Lyon to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Resolution No 22

Adoption of the St. Regis Falls Fire contract

On a motion by Phil Durkin, seconded by Rick Lyon the following resolution was
ADOPTED
Ayes 5 Webb, Kimpton, Perry, Lyon, Durkin
Nays 0

The St. Regis Falls Fire District for the furnishing of fire protection by said Fire District to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District. The terms of the proposed contract include that the said Fire District shall answer and attend upon all calls for emergency fire protection in the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District; that the contract term shall be for a period of three (3) years commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2016; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the St. Regis Falls Fire District for providing such fire protection shall be: $4,000.00 for the year 2014, $4,000.00 for the year 2015 and $4,080.00 for the year 2016.

Resolution No 23

Adoption of the St. Regis Falls Ambulance Corporation contract

On a motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded Phil Durkin the following resolution was
ADOPTED
Ayes 5 Webb, Kimpton, Perry, Lyon, Durkin
Nays 0

The St. Regis Falls Ambulance Corporation for the furnishing of ambulance coverage and emergency medical services by said Ambulance Corporation to the Town of Santa Clara contracted ambulance area. The contract term shall be for a period of three (3) years commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2016; and the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the St. Regis Falls Ambulance Corporation for providing such services shall be: $4,000.00 for the year 2014, $4,000.00 for the year 2015 and $4,080.00 for the year 2016.

Resolution No 24

Adoption of the Tupper Lake Fire contract

On a motion by Phil Durkin, seconded Tom Kimpton the following resolution was
ADOPTED
Ayes 5 Webb, Kimpton, Perry, Lyon, Durkin
Nays 0

The Village of Tupper Lake will terminate the existing fire protection contract dated March 8, 2012 and provide for the furnishing of fire protection by said Village to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District. The terms of the proposed contract include that the said Fire District shall answer and attend upon all calls for emergency fire protection in the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District; that the contract term shall be for a period of five (5) years commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2018; and that the amounts to be paid by the Town of Santa Clara to the Village of Tupper Lake for providing such fire protection shall be: $43,000.00 for the year 2014, $43,000.00 for the year 2015, $44,290.00 for the year 2016, $44,290.00 for the year 2017 and $45,618.70 for the year 2018. The reason for terminating the March 8, 2012 contract is that said Village has offered to provide fire protection to an expanded coverage area and a new agreement is required to define that expanded area and provide for payment to said Village of the cost thereof.

Resolution No 25

Adoption of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. contract

On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded Phil Durkin the following resolution was
ADOPTED
Ayes 5 Webb, Kimpton, Perry, Lyon, Durkin
Nays 0

The Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for the furnishing of emergency ambulance service to the Town of Santa Clara Fire Protection District # II. The terms of the proposed contract include that the contract term shall be for a period of twelve calendar months and that the annual amount to be paid to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad, Inc. for providing such service shall be $2,000.00.

Resolution No 26

Adoption of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. contract

On a motion by Dave Perry, seconded Rick Lyon the following resolution was
ADOPTED
Ayes 5 Webb, Kimpton, Perry, Lyon, Durkin
Nays 0

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. for the furnishing of pre-hospital emergency medical care and transport ambulance services of the sick and injured within the borders of the Town. The proposed contract states that its term shall be for a period of one year commencing January 1, 2014 and terminating December 31, 2014 and that the amount to be paid by the Town to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Inc.for providing such services shall be $28,755.00.

Green Building Update – Dave Perry advised that the grant application is still under review by NYSERTA and he is still answering question about the application. The final decision on who is awarded the grants will be made this month.

Organizational Meeting for 2014 will be on January 9, 2014 with the Regular Board Meeting to follow.

Computer Update – Dave Perry advised that 5 Dell Laptops with Windows 7 are being purchased from Judi’s Computer Support in Lake Placid. They will be for the Town Board members use for Town business only. They will be ready to deliver by the end of the month. He will ask Judi to bring them to the Town Hall on January 9, 2014, at 6:00 PM and review the features of the laptops and answer any questions the Board members have.

Dry Hydrants – The Town had 3 sites set for the dry hydrants but the site at Bartlett Carry is no longer available. Once the town receives letters from the other property owners, they will be able to begin to construct these 2 and hopefully by spring they will be completed.

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