FREDONIA – The Pomfret Town Board is considering creating a committee to look at options for emergency rescue service.
Letters from town residents who wish to comment on the topic will be received until May 1, and the board will put it on its agenda for the first meeting in May.
The issue was introduced at Wednesday’s meeting by Ken Balling of Stockton, who said last year’s fire protection contract with the Village of Fredonia renewed interest in having other options for emergency response services for the town.
Pomfret contracts with the Fredonia Fire Department for emergency service, but several areas, such as Stockton, are closer to other fire companies. Balling said he has brought the topic up at Town Board meetings for years. He suggested that since the town recently started a two-year contract, now would be a good time to discuss options with other fire companies.
In other business, Warren Mosier, who lives on Route 20, told the board that water has been filling drainage ditches near his home between Farrell and Adams roads. He said the problem has increased since work was done on the water line project last fall. Supervisor Don Steger said the company that put in the water lines last fall did not have time to complete the work. He said he expects it will return as soon as the weather permits and clear out ditches and work on landscaping.
Councilman Christopher Schaeffer introduced information about other communities that are opposed to the state’s SAFE Act regulating firearms. He asked the board to consider a letter opposing the state law, but Councilwoman Ann Eckman said she was not in favor of having the matter on the town’s agenda.
“I do not think it’s our place or that we can have any influence on this issue,” Eckman said. She said she preferred that the board work on things directly related to town issues.
“We need to be true to Town of Pomfret residents and get some other issues off of the table,” she said.
Janet Szymanski was appointed to fill an open seat on the town’s Planning Board through January 2017. She was the only person to submit a letter of interest in the position.
The purchase of a new Ford 250 truck for the Highway Department was approved, pending legal approval. West Herr Ford of Hamburg had the lowest quote at $16,319 with a trade-in.
Highway Superintendent Dan Bigelow was granted permission to attend certification classes for a Class D water plant operator’s license.
The board will hold a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. April 9 on a proposed local law allowing for “best value” pricing for items and services of more than $20,000.