The fire department kept the village board busy with its open bid for the 2,000 gallon tanker/tender it plans to purchase with the $185,000 FEMA grant it received, its request to apply for another grant and its request to have hydrants upgraded.
Bruce Chandler asked the board at the meeting Monday if the department could apply for another grant for a compressor for the cascade system and for five-inch diameter hose.
Mayor Todd Rouse said the board needed an exact quote on the items but applying for the grant could be done. The department also wants to apply for rural firefighting grant, sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for capital improvements or equipment. The grant would be for $5,000 and is a 50/50 match with the village.
Chandler asked the board the fire hydrants in the village could be equipped with a storage fitting for a "pumper" connection. He said the Onondaga County Water Authority has the fittings for the new hydrants but the old hydrants would have to have them fitted.
The board received several bids for the tanker/tender ranging in price of $182,000 to a little more than $210,000. Each bid will be reviewed by the fire department and the decision will be brought to the board.
A public hearing was held at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the village tentative budget. The proposed budget has a tax rate of $10.89 per $1,000 assessed value. The tax levy is $1,583, 332.71. The sewer rate is $4.24 for operations and maintenance and $2.26 for debt service for a total charge of $6.50 per 1,000 gallons.
The tentative budget is available to the public at the village offices.
Trustee Ted Lumbrazo said the owners of the Greystone Castle would like a tree removed at 201 North Main St. Rouse said to turn it over to the DPW.