I will always entertain any attempts to consolidate or share services amongst municipalities. With that said, the legislature established a $25,000 grant program to help municipalities and fire districts explore that possibility. The Lysander Public Safety committee, which includes all the fire departments in the Baldwinsville Central School District, is proposing a study of the fire services and any potential shared services or consolidation in the Town of Lysander. Most of the fire departments and the Town of Lysander have put their own money forward to fund the $27,000 projected cost of the study. However, not all of the fire districts in the Baldwinsville Central School District have the funds to share in the cost. The county has urged municipalities to consolidate or share services, but to date has not assisted financially. This grant program limits assistance to a maximum $5,000 for each grant. With government, there are many obstacles to overcome in any shared service or consolidation attempt. Our hope is that this money will assist in getting through these steps.
Rich Lesniak represents the first district, which includes the Town of Lysander and the western portion of Clay. Rich welcomes constituent feedback; he can be contacted at 638-8373.