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Firefighter aid tops agenda

DUNDEE—Clarification of volunteer firemen laws regarding mutual aid were the main topic of discussion during the April 27 meeting of the Dundee Village Board.
Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. asked village board members to review two drafts of resolutions associated with the law. Dundee fire department member Glen Miller attended the meeting and after asking what the issues are and who raised them, gave two examples that applied to the proposed resolutions.
In the first, if someone from another fire department approaches the chief at a fire or accident scene and asks if help is needed and is told yes, that firefighter would be covered by their home fire department’s insurance. The second example is a person who lives in someone else’s district but who wants to be able to help in the district they live in on an ongoing basis.
They would be covered by the department being helped if their assistance was approved and there would be no liability to their home department. In the second example, the governing municipality is supposed to give its approval.  
Trustee Judy Duquette asked Dundee fire chief Dan Peterson if he has the second situation in this department right now. Peterson said no, “I turned down help. If I need help I call mutual aid.”
Duquette asked Peterson how he would know if the person offering help was a fireman and he said, “You don’t. I call mutual aid.”
Cratsley said he wanted to have the liability clarified. Miller said he does not agree with some of the issues raised by Yates County Insurance and Risk Manager Sharon Hogan, commenting, “The law is the law. Risk management is opinion. There is a big difference.”
Cratsley said the village would contact their attorney as well as the New York State Conference of Mayors attorney, “To make sure we’re doing this the right way.”
In other business: Cratsley said the village has received confirmation from New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation about the $172,830 grant that was awarded to the village for improvements at the Spring Street park. Cratsley said the contract is expected soon.
• Streets Superintendent Andy Howell said he expects the materials to be ready next week so patching can begin.
• Trustees approved changing the schedule of the ARC contract for the cemetery. Work was begun in April this year because grass started to grow early.
• Decision was tabled on purchase of tires and rims for the used vacuum truck the village plans to buy until the May  meeting because the time for public referendum on the purchase will not be up until then.
• The village now has a requirement for prior approval of purchases over $250. The purchase of chlorine for the wastewater treatment plant was approved because the cost may be more than $250. Peterson said supplies are needed for the ambulance side of the department. He expects the cost of the several items that are needed to be approximately $650. He added the department has surplus equipment they would like to sell on eBay. Much of the equipment has been off the vehicles for four  or five years. Peterson said they would like to purchase some boots with the funds received. The purchases and selling of surplus equipment was approved.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dundee village board will be at 7 p.m. on May 11 in the village hall on Union Street. 

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