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Plans to re-do fire hall in the works

By Darryl Patteson

The Fayetteville Village Board of Trustees April 28 meeting was marked by a one-hour-and-forty-minute executive session.

Mayor Mark Olson, according to law, could not comment on the topic of the session that included Fire Chief Paul Hildreth, all four trustees and Olson, among others.

Immediately following the session, Hildreth asked for a three-year lease for an ambulance purchase. The resolution was passed unanimously after some conversation.

Hildreth also discussed the beginning stages of a project where he hopes to see the fire hall renovated or added on to. There will be analysis by Hueber-Breuer, a Syracuse-based construction company, over the summer that should give the village an idea of what is needed to support its emergency response teams for the next 20 years. Hildreth reported that the call volume for the village has gone up 45 percent over the past three years, indicating the kind of change needed.

Hueber-Breuer has been involved with similar projects in Manlius, Jamesville and DeWitt.

"Their expertise helps because they have a sense of what's going on," Olson said.

Meetings will start in early May for the project and the board will be updated at the midpoint and again at the end of this preliminary stage. Actual construction would not start for some time, as Hildreth said at the last board meeting.

Budget adopted

The board unanimously passed the 2008-2009 fiscal year budget, with only minor changes from the public hearing at the last board meeting. The minor changes had to do with the way that reserves were added into the General Funds portion of the budget.

"It was all just clearing up some things," Olson said. "All of the numbers are the same, just reclassification."

Fayetteville-Manlius news

The village board honored the 15 members of the F-M Science Olympiad team at the beginning of Monday's meeting. The team won its sixth consecutive New York State championship on March 15 at West Point.

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