Firemen question fundraising

B y Jaime Thomas

Firemen expect each other to respect boundaries on and off the job.

But a local official brought up a “fireman’s territory issue” at a town board meeting Thursday night.

Scott McCullen, fire chief of North Granville Hose Company, wanted to know if the town had any authority over an outside fire department coming into his district to do a fundraiser at Mettowee Mud Bogging.

“Prior, a fire department had to get permission from the town to do something,” McCullen said, adding that any fire that happened at the fundraiser would fall into mutual aid. He expressed that he saw the issue as a matter of that department being disrespectful more than anything.

And Milt Dunbar, Penrhyn Engine and Hose chief, supported that sentiment.

“It comes down to common courtesy between one chief and another,” he said.

In response to McCullen’s concern, Hicks asked Town Attorney Mike Catalfimo if there was possible action in the town’s jurisdiction, but Catalfimo essentially said there isn’t.

“You can’t tell a private property owner who they can host on their property,” Catalfimo said. McCullen did not seem satisfied with this answer.

“So anybody, anywhere can do a fundraiser? I did not get asked, and I just want to have all my ducks in a row,” he said.

Catalfimo said the best the town could do is put in a local law requiring permission for fundraisers, but “there are all kinds of reasons why you can’t get in the business of preventing that,” he said.

Calls made to the owner of Mettowee Mud Bog, who is holding the fundraiser, were not returned as of Tuesday afternoon.

The board also appointed a new member to the town’s planning board during the meeting.

Nate Baker will serve in the position of planning board member from May 9 through December of 2016, finishing an unfilled term.

At the meeting, Highway Superintendent John Tanner told the board that he ordered a new truck for town employees that cost just over $23,400. He said town workers have been applying black top to various roads and have scheduled reclamation work at the upper end of Fox road.

Employees will grind down the road, add calcium and eventually re-asphalt the area. While it may cause a few interruptions, Tanner said the project should not disturb traffic flow very much.

Matt Hicks also informed the board Thursday night that Granville will use A.E. Knapp as its floodplain administrator, in order to keep in compliance with New York state mandates. Also, he reminded everyone that Grievance Day will be on May 28, and specific hours are posted in the town office.

The board also scheduled a public hearing during its regular meeting on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss town subdivision regulations.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Obituary: Kenneth Robert Johnson

Johnson obit photo

After a brave battle with COPD, Kenneth “Ken”, “Kenny” Robert Johnson, passed away at his home on Friday, March 20, […]

Gov. Cuomo, Main Street needs a hand from Albany

nypalogo

Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, […]

County faces financial ‘uncertainties’

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials are clouded by financial uncertainties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic with County Administrator Chris […]

School slated to resume soon, officials await state guidance

Whitehall High School

By PJ Ferguson As the news develops around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitehall Central School District faces some changes and […]

Low COVID-19 numbers in county due to lack of testing, officials say

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials project that more positive cases of the novel coronavirus exist in the county than […]

Obituary: David J. Little

David Little obit photo

Middle Granville, NY – David J. Little, age 60, passed away on March 29, 2020 at his home, with his […]

Obituary: Crispen Winterburn

Crispen Winterburn, 49, of Manchester, NH, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 after a brief illness. […]

Town offices close April 1

Granville Town Hall 015

By Matthew Saari The Town of Granville offices will be closed to the public “until further notice” as of April […]

Village, school elections postponed until June

school vote

By Matthew Saari The elections scheduled for both the Granville village and school boards have been pushed back several months. […]

Vermont schools closed, Granville eyes reopening

gcs

By Matthew Saari   Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced last week that all schools in the Green Mountain State will […]

Washington County: Visitors, stay away

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

By PJ Ferguson Washington County is urging visitors, weekenders, second-home owners and short-term rental owners to stay away during the […]

Whitehall fiscal health ‘good’

village board

By PJ Ferguson The village of Whitehall is in good fiscal health, according to the annual fiscal stress report by […]