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Agreement reached in Evans for new fire, ambulance contracts

BY: Brian Campbell | November 14, 2012

For another year, residents in the Town of Evans can rest safe because they will be assured continued fire and ambulance protection.

As part of the town’s new Fire/Ambulance Protection contracts, the Angola Fire Company will receive $19,000 for emergency ambulance service, $104,160 – fire protection and $10,500 – capital improvement, Lake Erie Beach Fire Company will receive $19,000 – emergency ambulance service, $138,020 – fire protection, $94,550 – capital improvement, Evans Center Fire Company will receive $19,000 – emergency ambulance service, $38,020 – fire protection and $94,550 – capital improvement and Highland Hose Fire Company will receive $19,000 – emergency ambulance service.

They contacts were approved following a public hearing at the Nov. 7 Evans Town Board meeting which saw a few residents express their opinion on the topic.

“You have no control over the money once they get it,” said Dick Hammer, “Is that the way things work now, you just hand money out as gifts? I think you should take a little more control of your money when it comes to these fire companies.”

Councilman Paul Cooper, The Town Board’s Fire Department Liaison, took the opportunity to respond to Hammer’s comments.

“As a board what we have found is that fire companies in this town have been very forthcoming with their information,” he said. “What we are providing money for is their service our residents and the protection they offer. The equipment that they have and utilize on a daily basis deteriorates. This equipment isn’t cheap – it’s about $2,500 for one set of turnout gear. These members are our residents, our neighbors – we want to keep them safe and that’s why we give them money. Emergencies don’t take a holiday – we give them money to make sure they’re protecting us.”

Resident Bill Henry also spoke during the public hearing.

“The only suggestion I can make is consolidation,” he said. “Why do you need to have five or six fire chiefs? We’re all in the Town of Evans, so why isn’t there just one person to deal with when it comes to the fire companies””

“You can look at it as one unified force to be honest because we have mutual aid situations,” Cooper said. “The companies do work in unison. And as far as separate chiefs go, each one knows the subtle nuances of their district. They know where the hydrants are and they know all of the ins and the outs.”

The Fire/Ambulance Protection contracts are effective January 2013-December 2013.

In other news:

• A public hearing will be held Dec. 5 regarding the rezoning of a .33 arce parcel at 6778 Erie Road.

• Donations of gift baskets and toys to needy families in the community will be accepted at the VFW 5798 in Angola on Dec. 22, 9 a.m. to  5 p.m.

• Improvements in Water Districts No. 1x of $245,000 and No. 5 ($110,000) were approved. The improvements calls for the construction and installation of backflow prevention equipment, enclosures, electrical service and any ancillary or related work.

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