Valatie FD gets its new truck, questions town funding

VALATIE–The village fire department is getting a new fire truck, which should arrive in mid-November. The board approved selling the department’s 1989 fire truck for $3,500 to the Accord Speedway at their meeting on Tuesday night. The new truck, a 2015 pumper truck with had been used for demonstrations at fire department conventions, will cost the village about $292,000.

Valatie Fire Department Assistant Chief Joseph Loeffler came to the board last summer to say the 1989 truck needed about $11,000 in repairs but the truck was only worth about $5,000 in resale. At that time, the board agreed to solicit bids for a new truck, which were opened in September. According to the board, the 2015 pumper truck was the only bid received.

The Village Board discussed equipment needed for the new truck with representatives from the fire department at the October 10 meeting. Board members also talked about the Town of Kinderhook’s budget line for the Valatie Fire Department with the fire department representatives. Chief Loeffler said that looking back over a decade, Valatie’s fire district has received less in town funding than Niverville, the other fire district in the town.

“If we could get back to being equal, that would help us,” he told the Village Board.

The town funds the Niverville and Kinderhook Fire Protection Districts. The Kinderhook Fire Protection District budget includes funds for the Chatham, Kinderhook, Stuyvesant Falls and Valatie fire departments. The Niverville district funds the Niverville Fire Department.

In the 2017 town budget the Kinderhook Fire Protection District was budgeted at $106,295; and the Niverville Fire Protection District was budgeted at $266,799.

“As you can see, there’s a big difference,” Chief Loeffler said.

The Town Board has started its budgeting process for 2018 and is hosting a special budget workshop with the local fire companies on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. Village Trustee Frank Bevens asked that representatives from the village fire department attend the budget meeting with the town.

“We’re not against any other fire company,” Chief Loeffler said.

In another fire protection matter, the Village Board passed a local law, after a public hearing at the beginning of the meeting, to set establish fines for property owners who have fire alarm systems that call in false alarms to the fire department.

The new law reads that “the village desires to provide for the regulation of the installation and registration of private fire alarms.” The law says that designs for private alarm systems must be submitted to the village building inspector and there is an application fee.

The mayor asked the fire department to add reports of false alarms to the monthly department report, which will be handed over to the code enforcement office for follow-up.

The board discussed waiting to impose fines until February, when information about new law can go out with village water bills.

Also at the meeting:

• The board held a public hearing on a new local law saying that any commercial building and any residential building with four or more units must haul away its own garbage and not use the municipal hauler. The law, which the board passed after the public hearing, will take effect January 1

• The village clerk announced that village office will closed Election Day, November 7. She also said the KISS program was back in the lobby for seniors who wish to bring paperwork to be shredded

• The clerk is taking donations for the Adopt a Soldier program. Information on that program is at the Village Hall in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building.

The next Valatie Village Board meeting will be November 14 at 7 p.m.

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