Ilion village officials last week discussed the possibilities for a new Department of Public Works garage.
Mayor John Stephens has been in discussions with the DPW, village board and engineers about what would best fit the new garage. One idea, he said, is to build a large garage in the 20-acre area east of the current building that would be used for the DPW as well as the light department. The garage would have a new door system, mechanical bay, offices, a salt storage unit and possibly a state of the art fuel station. Stephens said the project could cost over $5 million.
Another idea being considered is to merge DPW garage services with another village or town.
“Sharing services could mean building the garage in a different area, but it would be the most economical decision for our village and another municipality,” said Stephens.
Although the village is only in the beginning stages of planning, final decisions must be completed by the end of 2013, the mayor said.
In other business, Stephens said the state Home Local Program Administrator program, through the state Office of Community Renewal, will award the village $183,000. According to village Clerk Linda Coffin, “The home survey process has begun and the next step is to select the homes.” The amount of homes eligible for the program will be uncertain until the home survey process is finished.
• During discussion of yearly review, fire Chief James Trevett said the total number of fire calls made in 2012 reached up 1,540; 1,320 of the calls were ambulance related. The village currently owns two ambulances, one which is used whenever a call is received, whether it might be local or to assist another department, while the other ambulance stays at the station in case an emergency occurs within the village. In 2012, the number of ambulance calls the Ilion Fire Department assisted with in Frankfort was 61, with 21 assisted calls for MOVAC, Herkimer, German Flatts and Mohwak and three assisted calls for Cedarville.
“There are so many ambulances in the county, but medical calls can easily add up and it can be tough for municipalities to rely on their emergency services alone,” said Trevett.
“When Rural Metro is out they call in MOVAC, and when MOVAC is out they reach out for mutual aid, and if there is only one ambulance in the garage we cannot assist. At some point we have to draw the line somewhere and think about our own residents,” he added.