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Carthage-Wilna Fire District OKs tree purchase

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CARTHAGE — The Carthage-Wilna Fire District board of commissioners gave its approval during its Wednesday meeting to purchase trees to be used as a privacy row along the south borderline of the fire station property, 685 S. James St.

Head Driver Brian J. Draper said he had been questioned by neighbors about privacy dividers that were planned when the Carthage Fire Department hall was constructed in 2006.

Mr. Draper told the board that originally, the design was for a seven-bay station surrounded by paving, sidewalks and some sort of privacy divider. However, when the original plan was voted down, the project was reduced to a four-bay building without the paving, sidewalks and barrier.

Mr. Draper said that he obtained an estimate for a barrier from a landscaper and that the cost would be more than $3,000. Instead, Mr. Draper suggested, the department could obtain seedlings from the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District through its annual program. The required 15 Norway spruces would cost a total of $35.

Mr. Draper said he and the department’s other two drivers would plant the trees after checking with village code enforcement officers about regulations on planting along the property border.

The board of commissioners approved the purchase and overtime pay for the drivers to complete the task.

It was suggested to budget on an annual basis for landscaping on the other side and the back of the property.

In other business, the board heard reports about the IamResponding.com program and training.

The board set the June district meeting as a deadline for compliance with mandatory bailout training. The deadline will be added to the training policy.

The board declared a broken pressure washer as surplus and authorized Mr. Draper to attempt to sell it for $150.

Board members also declared surplus the outdated thermal-imaging camera, which is in disrepair. The old-model camera, which recently was replaced, will be put on display at the fire station. In both cases, repair expenses were deemed financially unfeasible.

As part of an ongoing initiative, the board reviewed and accepted a mutual aid policy. The policy allows the department members to respond as mutual aid when requested but will not leave the fire district unprotected.

Mr. Draper said the outfitting of the recently ordered fire engine from KME Fire Apparatus, Latham, is progressing well. Next month, photographs of the truck will be available and posted on the district website, www.carthagenyfire.com.

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