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Oneida to repair fire engine to pass inspection

The Oneida Common Council approved a budget transfer of $4,000 from fire training to repair the fire engine that recently failed inspection during the Dec. 1 meeting.

At a special meeting held Nov. 23, the council approved the purchase of a new fire truck for $442,000. However, according to fire chief Don Hudson, the city won't receive the new truck for at least a year.

The work to get the 25-year-old truck to pass inspection will be done by Debrucque Equipment Company of Canastota and Hudson is anticipating it will take two weeks.

"There's a section of the frame over the wheels that is cracked and needs to repaired," Hudson said.

In old business, Mayor-elect Leo Matzke asked the council if there was a plan in place for the empty space that will be left in city hall after the police department is moved into the justice center.

According to city engineer Jim Bacher, his vision includes replacing the roof in 2011. With the police wing vacated, that will be done first. The administration wing will then temporarily relocate in that space to allow for the remainder of roof repairs to be completed.

In addition, Bacher said that based on a study done in 2006, almost every office in the building needed additional space. He said he sees it as a good option to more around some offices, including taking the ones out of the basement, and expand others into the extra space.

In other business:

- The re-appointment of Harriet Collins to the Assessment Board of Review and Donald Thorna to the Sign Review Board was approved.

- A five-year Gold Maintenance Plan at $126 per month for elevator maintenance at the Recreation Center was authorized.

- The mayor was authorized to sign the 2010 Prospect Street Maintenance Agreement.

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