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The Telegram
  • Mohawk OKs fire department bylaws

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  • The Mohawk village board voted to approve changes to the Mohawk Fire Department bylaws during a meeting Tuesday evening.
    The issue has come up for discussion at several meetings.
    Village Attorney Karl Manne reviewed the proposed bylaws and recommended some minor changes, which were made.
    Fire Chief Daniel Mabbett reported he has been in contact with American Lafrance about a generator in Engine 114 that he said was improperly installed when the truck was manufactured.
    “Everything is documented,” he said. “I’m working with American Lafrance to see if we can get it reimbursed.”
    The chief reported the department presented fire prevention programs at Fisher Elementary and Jarvis Middle School and hosted its annual open house. “The turnout gets better every year,” he said of the open house, noting more than 100 hot dogs were handed out.
    The Mohawk Community Club will offer activities for children at the fire station after the annual Halloween parade on Oct. 31.
    Mabbett said three members of the department had stepped down due to a lack of training.
    Trustee George Cryer asked if he had considered building a training tower on land the Alexander Hose Company owns on state Route 28. Mabbett said he would like to see the department have its own training tower, but it would be a matter of money to build and maintain it. He said the department is welcome to use the facilities at the Frankfort Fire Department for training.
    Mabbett reported a crack in the floor of the station keeps getting bigger and the doors on the station should be repaired.
    Jeremy Silverman, senior project manager with Grant and Essential Management Services, suggested the board compile a list of projects needed for the municipal building, including those for the fire station, and seek grant funding.
    Board members mentioned security windows and a handicapped accessible restroom among the needs. Silverman said he would need cost estimates on what needs to get done in order to prepare an application.
    Silverman said he would like to seek more money for the village for business development. Cryer said there are some 42 or 43 small businesses in the village and thought there would be interest. He suggested the planning board and local businesses discuss their needs.
    Silverman said an online survey will be available online sometime this week for those interested in seeking funds through a Housing and Urban Development grant. He said the survey is being set up through Survey Monkey and the village can provide access through its website and Facebook pages.
    Trustee Matthew Watkins inquired about the HealthNet grant for the library. There are funds left that could be used for additional lighting. He plans to present a choice of styles of streetlights to the library commission during its meeting Monday. The municipal commission will provide the labor to install them.
    Page 2 of 2 - In other business:
    • The board heard the leaf box was damage and will have to be replaced at a cost of about $5,700. A claim will be submitted to the village’s insurance company. The board decided to pay half of the amount this year and half next year and hopes to be reimbursed by the insurance company.
    • Cryer reported he had been serving as a substitute crossing guard and everything appears to be going well. Trustee Carmen Tubia said he would like to seek a school zone sign placed on Main Street in an effort to alert drivers and slow traffic.
    • Timothy Dunn, CIC, LUTC, handed out copies of the proposed insurance renewals for the village. Premiums are up, he said, but added, “It’s still about $70,000 less than you were paying in 2010 when we took over.”
    In addition to the leaf box claim, he said, he has been dealing with flood-related claims and claims for cemetery damage that resulted from the July windstorm.
    • The board agreed to extend the deadline until Nov. 1 to accept applications for a part-time cemetery manager and clerk. Village Clerk Judy Bray has a packet that outlines the requirements and an application form that can be filled out and turned in to her.

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