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Public Hearing – December 5, 2018

A joint public hearing of the Town Board and the Homer Town Fire District held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in the Town Hall Senior Center was called to order by Supervisor Frederick J. Forbes, Sr., at 6:15 p.m.

PRESENT

                Frederick J. Forbes, Sr., Supervisor

                Larry R. Jones, Councilman

                Michael R. Park, Councilman

                Barry E. Warren, Councilman

                Kevin M. Williams, Councilman

                Patrick M. Snyder, Attorney for the Town

                Anita W. Jebbett, Town Clerk

OTHERS PRESENT

                Mahlon Irish, Jr., Fire Chief, Village of Homer Fire Department

                Stephen Butts, Secretary, Homer Town Fire District

                Donald Ferris, reporter, The Homer News

                Nick Graziano, reporter, Cortland Standard

Supervisor Forbes said that the purpose of the hearing was to allow the public to comment on the proposed one-year contract between the Village of Homer and the Town Fire District (see attached legal notice).   Forbes explained that the Town Board had approved the amount of taxes to be raised for the Fire District contingent upon an agreement being signed by the Fire District and the Village, allowing a 2% increase from last year, from $88,314 to $90,080.

Fire Chief Irish and Treasurer Butts agreed that the contract needs to be agreed upon well before the Town’s November budget deadline.  They plan to encourage the Village to begin work on the 2020 contract earlier in the year.

There was also some discussion about the new State requirement for cancer insurance coverage for volunteer firefighters, and about the possibility of creating a joint fire district separate from the Village.

As there were no further questions or comments, the public hearing was adjourned at 6:28 p.m.

                                                                                                                                Anita W. Jebbett

                                                                                                                                Town Clerk