Massena village and town reach agreement for fire protection services
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 6:23 pm

MASSENA — The village and town have reached an agreement for fire protection services that would see the town’s contribution go up between 2018 and 2019.

On Tuesday, the trustees voted that the town will pay the village $89,500 for the service in 2018 and $97,000 in 2019, according to Deputy Mayor Matt Lebire, who is also on the board’s Fire Committee.

“We did a very large examination of data, looking at the cost structure per household, per resident,” he said. “These numbers represent a more fair, equitable payment for the services provided.

“I think it protects the town and village residents nicely with the new amounts.”

In other fire department-related business on Tuesday:

• The board approved paying up to $50,000 to Bond, Schoeneck and King for them to represent the village in an individual arbitration matter with the Massena Permanent Firefighters union, IAFF Local 2220. The board had spent another $50,000 on the service in 2016, according the resolution that the board passed.

• The board authorized a lease agreement with the Massena Fire Dept., Inc. volunteers for the lower basement at the 34 Andrews St. fire hall. “We continue to calculate the rent based on a square foot equation,” Lebire said.

• The board authorized a two-year fire protection agreement with the Massena Fire Dept. Inc. volunteers for 2018 and 2019.