The “catch” is that no board should even make a verbal agreement with anyone about anything. You cannot find future boards to honor the commitment.
Now the firemen want their siren back. So, what does the present village board do? They agree to the same short-sighted verbal agreement of the past, instead of saying “we will agree to return it but it must be relocated on the new firehouse where it appropriately belongs.”
Sometimes a board has to indicate that they have the “guts” to do what is right. Real guts would require that it remain status quo.
Francis W. Murphy