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Depew

The Depew Volunteer Fire Department says it is working to further fine-tune a strategic plan for the department to trim costs.

A prepared statement read Monday by Fire Chief Joe Whipkey at the Village Board’s work session indicated that if the village approved the purchase of two new pumper trucks, the department could reduce its truck repair line in its budget from $42,000 to $30,000, with a savings of $12,000 projected in the 2015-16 budget year.

An interesting twist was the mention of the department vacating the Historical Building at 544 Gould Ave. by Jan. 1, with the agreement that the village engineer draw up plans for new offices, storage and a weight room within the Northside Fire Station. Work could be done by the village and subcontractors. The department suggested the village could then sell the Historical Building.

Mayor Steven Hoffman and Whipkey also have discussed the possible consolidation of six fire companies to five by June 2016. An agreement was reached and the matter will be discussed within the fire department.

This week:

• The Depew School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library at Depew High School, 5201 Transit Road.

• The Village Preservation Party of Depew will hold a Meet & Greet Beer Blast for candidates running for a second term. The organization announced the party on the patio from 7 to 9 p.m. June 25 with Mayor Steven Hoffman and Trustees Mike Nolder and Jules Pecora at The Bradford Ale House, 6036 Transit Road, Depew. A $20 donation is required and covers drinks, pizza and snacks.