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Jamesville FD considers paid chief position

The Jamesville Fire District Board of Commissioners is considering creating a full-time paid fire chief position. Some residents question the necessity of this position given the hamlet's size and the associated expense.

According to chairman Ron Witty, the talks, which began with a proposal by secretary/treasurer Kevin Carver in July, are still at an early stage and the utmost care is being taken to make sure the decision is in the best interest of the community.

"The reason we're looking into this is because New York state is putting a lot of mandates on fire service these days," he said.

While volunteer chiefs can typically serve only a few hours a day, Witty said a full time paid chief could devote the time and energy necessary to fulfill the position's requirements.

Because it is a civil service position, those eligible to run for the job must take a state test and score within the top three to be selected. The candidate is ultimately confirmed through a public vote.

Witty said that adjustments could be made to the current budget to fund the fire chief position without the necessity of increasing taxes. A date for a public hearing will be set once the board has a concrete proposal for the community.

The Board of Commissioners meet the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 13.

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