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Dresden wants to increase fire contract

    DRESDEN—Dresden Fire Chief Howard Leach said the fire department will not go lower than $120,000 for the 2013 contract with the town of Torrey.
    This is the second consecutive contract where the town called for a lower cost. At the start of this year, the town wanted the current contract to be lowered from $110,000 to $90,000.
    Leach said the four fire chiefs reviewed the budget for the coming year and based the $120,000 on what will be needed. He added, “we will not budge.” Leach said the town can try contracting with someone else if they don’t want to pay that.
    The village will meet with the town to discuss the fire department’s budget. After the cost dispute in January, the town wanted to be involved more in the next budget process.
    In other business:
    • Leach also reported that the fire house needs a new locking entry system. He explained they currently use a card swipe, but it does not keep track of who enters. He said he wants a system that will log the time and the person’s name associated with that card. Leach explained the Ladies’ Auxiliary has reported food stolen from the kitchen.
    • The board heard from the public about various potentially hazardous trees. There is a list of 15 such trees that is being reviewed to see which ones are in the most serious condition. However, Mayor Joe Gibson said the village has only budgeted to remove seven this year.
    • The board reviewed three bids to install park fences. However, Gibson added they were all too high. Resident Pege Brow suggested that the baseball field condition should be addressed before any fencing is purchased. No decision was made.
    • Brow asked if the village would be doing an audit this year. Gibson said the state is actually finishing up reviewing the village’s budget for a state audit.
    • The fire department wants to purchase a new rescue truck. Leach said a new one would cost somewhere around $149,000. He added National Fire Protection Association required striping alone would cost around $20,000.