Pomfret board establishes fire/EMS committee

The Pomfret Town Board has officially given its blessing to a newly formed fire and emergency response services exploratory committee.

The informal advisory committee’s establishment occurred at a recent board meeting, during which all council members voted in favor of the action. Four residents submitted letters of intent to sit on the committee should it form, and will join councilmen Brett Christy and Scott Johnston on the panel.

“Since this is an informal advisory committee, this can be a committee in which we can add and subtract members as we see fit,” Johnston pointed out.

The panel will research alternative emergency response services other than solely contracting with the Fredonia Fire Department for the entire town, minus Lily Dale, which has its own fire company. After compiling the research, members will report back to the town board with their findings and any recommendations.

This follows about half a year after a negotiations impasse with Fredonia village officials over a two-year fire protection district contract extension. Some Pomfret leaders said they believe the town is overcharged for fire protection, but an impending deadline forced them to accept Fredonia’s initial proposal to avoid leaving the town defenseless in case of emergencies.

The current contract expires at the end of next year and costs the town $845,000 for two years of protection.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the resignation due to time constraints for Planning Board member Ronald Romance. Residents interested in filling the vacancy can submit letters of intent to the town hall.

Town Clerk Allison Dispense was approved to attend the Cornell Municipal Clerks Institute’s day conference on July 16 at reasonable costs.

The board gave the go-ahead to forward a civic participation cost of $400 to the city of Dunkirk for its fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

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