The village of Frankfort’s new patrol car has arrived and will be put into service as soon as the necessary equipment is installed.
Police Chief Ron Petrie included the information about the new car in the report he submitted for last Thursday’s department meeting of the village board.
Deputy Mayor Richard Adams conducted the meeting in the absence of Mayor Frank Moracco who attended the Conference of Mayors dinner meeting that evening.
Petrie also said he would like to take the department’s 2005 Crown Victoria off the road as it has 112,000 miles on it and needs new tires, brakes and minor repairs. He asked the board to consider selling it as is to the Cazenovia Police Academy, where it could be used to offer students a more realistic experience during their training.
The board authorized Petrie to pursue that possibility.
The trustees also approved Petrie’s recommendation to set Halloween trick-or-treat hours for 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. He indicated in his report some area police chiefs had talked about trying to coordinate their trick-or-treat hours.
Fire Chief Charles Conigliaro reported Frankfort firefighters had undergone some 54 hours of training since Aug. 1 and 321 hours since January. There are currently 38 active firefighters in the brigade, he said.
Conigliaro also outlined fire prevention activities the department is planning, including urging people to check smoke alarms and visiting Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School as well as the middle-high school. The latter is new this year for the department, he said. The department is also planning activities on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. for youth who may be interested in becoming firefighters.
Frankfort firefighters will work with the Ilion Fire Department on the annual joint open house, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Ilion firehouse. The location rotates between the two departments.
A member of the department along with a former bunk-in student will participate in Fire on Ice, a benefit hockey game between local firefighters and the Washington, D.C., fire department scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Kennedy Arena in Rome. Admission is $5 and proceeds will benefit the Burn Foundation of Central New York.
Conigliaro also reported revenue recovery for the village ambulance is in process and the department is rebilling Medicaid for past calls. The paperwork was submitted before the government shutdown, he added. He pointed out the ambulance is not funded by taxpayer dollars.
The chief asked to schedule a meeting with the village board.
In other business:
• Trustee Mark Harris reported Petrie might be taking on the job of animal control officer for the village. He said the board was trying to work out an agreement to share the Ilion animal control officer, but a new person was appointed to the Ilion position while talks were in progress and the plans fell through. More discussion will be necessary before the appointment can be formally approved, according to Harris.
Page 2 of 2 - • Trustee Anthony Fumarola reported the celebration for the village’s 150th anniversary had gone well, although the ride company he had contacted didn’t come. Organizers were able to obtain bounce houses for the children instead. Now that the celebration is over, he said, he will be looking into the possibility of establishing a youth council for the village.
• The board received an invitation from Brock Abrams, of Boy Scout Troop No. 502, to attend the unveiling of the Gold Star Mothers monument at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. Refreshments will be offered at the firehouse after the unveiling. Abrams took on the placement of the monument for his Eagle Scout project.