Silver Creek assesses finances

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Village Board met with its auditor recently to review the village’s finances.

Three members of the village board were present to hear a presentation by Laura DiNapoli of Bahgat Laurito-Bahgat on the status of the village’s finances.

“Laura told us where the village stands so that we have an idea on what we can do to purchase the fire truck,” Mayor Nick Piccolo said after the meeting.

Piccolo said the village does not have a very big fund balance, with just around $128,000 saved.

He said there was no decision on the purchase of the 1993 Pierce ladder truck from Falconer Fire Department.

“We are going to put it into a motion for Monday’s meeting and make it a board decision which way we want to go. Either way we need to make a decision,” he said.

Piccolo said representatives also plan on attending the meeting to explain their plans for the truck.

The fire department presented the opportunity to purchase this particular truck to the village board in July. The truck has a 75-foot ladder, 2,000 gallon pumping capacity (twice the village’s maximum capacity on any vehicle it currently owns), can transport eight firefighters and carry airpacks and an assortment of ladders and tools. There are 14,000 miles and 1,600 ladder hours on the vehicle.

The Falconer Fire Department is selling the vehicle because it received a grant for the purchase of a “basket” truck.

Piccolo said Falconer has come down on its original price of $150,000 to $140,000. However, the village has not found a way to completely fund the purchase.

The village board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the village hall for its regular meeting and to discuss this matter.

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