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Camillus Volunteer Fire Department finances in question

Trustee Sharon Hannon inquired about overage charges from the cell phones used by the department's officers. As an example, Hannon said department vice president Jesse Norcross' overage charge from Sept. 29 to Nov. 27 was $178.66.

Norcross was at the meeting, and Hannon said she wasn't picking on Norcross, but she brought up his overage charge because it was the highest. The village is responsible for paying the cell phone bills.

Norcross said it's a billing error and he has notified Verizon to get it resolved. He said he was confident the overage charges would be removed.

If there's any charge where I was legitimately charged more, I am more than willing to pay it as I would instruct any of our officers to pay it, Norcross said.

The board expected to receive about $210,000 from the sale of its old firetruck, which was sold to the Galen-Clyde Fire Department in Wayne County. But it received $70,300 more and agreed to use the extra money to reduce the loan payments for the Telesqurt truck purchased in 2001. The balance on that loan, which runs through 2015, is about $155,000.

The rest of the money from the sale was used to pay off loans on five fire and rescue vehicles.

The board also voted to buy exercise equipment for the fire department from a resident for $4,900. Norcross said the equipment would have cost more than $9,000 if purchased new. The board had set aside $5,300 in the fire department budget for fitness.

Feb Fest update:Mayor Tom Grant said Trustee Kurt Brunger is working on sponsorships and other things for Feb Fest, Camillus' annual winter carnival. Feb Fest is usually held in February, but no official day has been set, Grant said.

Moratorium extended:The board voted to extend its moratorium on building permits in the commercial district to April 15, with the stipulation that a resident could apply for a special permit.

Mark your calendar:The board's Feb. 5 meeting was changed to Tuesday because Village Hall will be used Feb. 5 for the New York presidential primary election. The board is now holding regular meetings on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

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