The Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department has its 1986 tanker-pumper available for limited service, according to fire Chief Charles Conigliaro.
Conigliaro reported at Thursday evening’s village department meeting that the truck can be driven safely and used to shuttle water and carry ladders, but the pump is inoperable. He is looking into the cost of repairs.
The village had solicited bids to replace the truck, but the village board voted last month to reject both of the bids that were submitted and met specifications. Four Guys Fire Trucks, of Meyersdale, Pa., had submitted the low bid of $258,814.
Conigliaro introduced the four Herkimer County Community College students enrolled in this year’s bunk-in program at the fire department. They are Sean Krum of West Shokan, Rebecca Jordan of Fort Plain, Samantha Tifft of Cortland and Jon Ordway of North Creek.
The department offers free housing to students in HCCC’s emergency medical technician and paramedic program in exchange for service hours to the department.
To be eligible, students must be at least 18 years of age, be enrolled in the college’s EMT/Paramedic program and maintain state Department of Health certification as an EMT basic or greater level provider. They live at the fire station, go to classes and work 36 hours duty time or on-call service for the department per week, covering emergency calls that meet their certification level.
Frank Kapusta, who deals with government banking at M&T Bank, offered a presentation on ways the bank could serve the village.
Kapusta suggested the board look into tax exempt municipal leasing rather than going the traditional bonding route when it comes to replacing equipment. He said municipal leasing limits the legal expenditures common with bonding and does not count against the village’s constitutionals debt limit. He added that payments could be structured in a way that would be advantageous to the village.
He recommended village officials look at their needs and their repair bills and build a replacement schedule for purchasing needed vehicles and equipment.
“That way you’re retaining good value,” he said. “Eventually you reach the point where it’s diminishing in value.”
The bank could also offer the village a tax lockbox, Kapusta said. Taxpayers could mail their tax payments to the bank. The village would pay $500 to maintain the box plus 65 cents for each transaction. Residents could also walk into the bank to pay their bills. The same transaction fee would apply. The village would receive updates as payments were received. This service would reduce the workload for village employees during tax season, he said.
The village board had also discussed at a previous meeting the possibility of having a credit card available for employees. Kapusta said a commercial and corporate card is available which offers checks and balances to prevent abuse.