FREDONIA – A fire protection contract with the town of Pomfret will expire on Dec. 31. Fredonia’s mayor said if the contract is not approved that firefighters and equipment cannot respond to calls.
At the regular meeting of the Fredonia Village Board Monday, board members agreed to send a letter to the town of Pomfret officials warning them of the pending expiration date. Mayor Steve Keefe said he is nervous about the lack of response and talks about the proposal. He said that Fredonia’s manpower and equipment would be prohibited from responding even in a mutual aid situation.
“There has to be a contract in place,” said Keefe.
He said there have been a few talks with Pomfret officials, but the contract would require ratification by both Fredonia’s and Pomfret’s boards to be approved.
At stake is property outside of the Fredonia village limits and outside of Lily Dale, which has its own fire department, according to the mayor.
Contracts usually call for an increase of less than two percent to stay within state property tax guidelines.
Keefe said he hopes the letter will bring local officials to the table to iron out any questions about the contract and secure fire protection for the residents.
The Fredonia Fire Department report for October 2013 was provided to board members.
They answered 150 calls during the month. The majority of calls – 105 were for ambulance service.
Fredonia Police issued a comprehensive report for October, citing 837 incidents. The report indicates that 60 arrests were made, 48 vehicle and traffic tickets issued and 167 parking tickets written.