Manlius fire departments look to cooperate, not consolidate

Fayetteville Fire Department. File Photo, April 2012.

Fayetteville Fire Department. File Photo, April 2012. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— Assessing the mechanic for the fire apparatus’ could also be helpful, Hildreth said at a Fayetteville village board meeting. Hiring one mechanic to work on all four department’s equipment could help for better service on the vehicles, but also a constant source of repairs.

“There is enough work in the town,” McGarrity said. “Plus they would know the vehicles, and do the work on the vehicles consistently.”

The chief’s initiative is cooperation among themselves, playing into the advisory committee’s final recommendation, which is expected to be made this week.

“We work together really well now, we will have to see where it goes with the town,” McGarrity said.

Theobald declined to comment on the topic, citing the unconfirmed decision on part of the implementation advisory committee.

Fire costs

This year’s costs are down, with all three village department showing a decrease in operating costs over last year. The Kirkville Fire District is contracted at $169,116 for 2012.

“It’s beyond apparent all villages worked diligently this year to keep costs down,” said Councilor Nicholas Marzola.

The biggest change in the budgets will be in the village of Fayetteville, where the 2009 referendum to approve the new firehouse increased taxes in 2012 by 58 percent. A decrease of $78,016 in the yearly budget will help town taxpayers next year, though taxes in the Fayetteville Fire Protection District, which includes the entire village and part of the town of Manlius, will still be 32 percent higher than in 2010. The tax rate for that protection district will be $2.30 per thousand.

“I wish residents didn’t have to pay $2.30 per thousand, but on average, it’s less than a cup of coffee a day to make sure their home is protected,” Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson said. Olson, who is also a captain in the fire department, urged town board members to consider the call volume and quality of service from the fire department and ambulance corps.

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