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The Telegram
  • Fire department facilities in need of work in Frankfort

  • Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department facilities are in need of some repair work, fire Chief Charles Conigliaro told the village board during last week’s village department meeting. He said concrete work is needed in the department’s training center. The fire company would pay for the material...
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  • Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department facilities are in need of some repair work, fire Chief Charles Conigliaro told the village board during last week’s village department meeting.
    He said concrete work is needed in the department’s training center.
    The fire company would pay for the materials using money from its various fundraising events, but the chief asked if village employees could provide the labor.
    Mayor Frank Moracco said he would have to find out what else was on the agenda for the Department of Public Works before making any promises.
    He wanted to have village board members meet to tour the village facilities to discuss needed repairs. He noted the Department of Public Works also has some long-standing facility concerns.
    After the tour, he said, “We’ll come up with a plan for what we need to attack and when.”
    Conigliaro said during a telephone interview the fire department has been trying to line up help from New York State Corrections for two years, but there seems to be a lack of people who are skilled to do the work, so he asked the village for help.
    The chief also said masonry repairs are needed at the fire station to take care of some structural concerns and windows need to be replaced.
    “All the windows upstairs in the fire station are shot,” he told the board. “It’s cold inside and it costs a fortune to heat. We’re looking for grant money to get the windows replaced.”
    Conigliaro said during a telephone interview Monday village board members had toured fire department facilities Sunday to get a first-hand look at the problems.
    He also reported specifications for a new tanker are being developed and written. He hopes to have completed apparatus specifications ready for bidding in May. He added he will meet with another vendor.
    The department will take part in the Fire Association State of New York statewide recruitment open house on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. School credit and bunk-in programs are the key element for the department. He plans to meet with the school board on Feb. 26.
    Conigliaro said the department does not have anyone enrolled in its bunk-in program this semester and that has made it more difficult for the department to respond to emergency medical service calls, especially during daytime hours when many of its volunteers are at work.
    Two new students will be enrolled in the bunk-in program starting in the fall.
    The chief said many EMS calls have had to be turned over to other agencies through mutual aid.
    DPW
    Superintendent Ron Vivacqua reported there had been two motor vehicle accidents involving village plows. One accident occurred in front of the town hall when the plow was hit from the side by another vehicle while it was making a turn. The other occurred at the intersection of Railroad and Orchard streets when the driver realized the plow was too far out into the intersection and he backed up, striking a car. There were no injuries in either accident.
    Page 2 of 2 - He noted many water customers have been in to pay their bills. He also said he is seeking to purchase two or three remote water meters. They would be placed in homes where there had been problems with people failing to pay their water bills; if the bills were not paid on time, water service could be shut off using a laptop computer.
    Snow removal
    Village Codes Enforcer Butch Staffo commented some village residents seem to think clearing the sidewalks is the responsibility of the village. He said the sidewalks are actually the responsibility of the homeowner, although the village helps clear them when it can.
    Surcharge
    Village Clerk Karlee Tamburro asked the board to consider raising the surcharge for tax and water searches. When a property is sold, village employees have to conduct a search to make sure taxes and water and electric bills are all paid. The mayor recommended the fee be raised from $10 to $25 and the board agreed.

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