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Town of Macedon Thurs., July 24, 2014
- Updated: July 25, 2014
Supervisor Hammond called to order a regular meeting of the board at 7:30 PM in the Macedon Town Hall. Meeting minutes from the July 10, 2014 board meeting were approved, as presented, as was the 2nd Annual Quarterly Report Report from the South Macedon Fire Department.
Public comment was received from Ms. Renee Hermann, who was in attendance at the Macedon Village Board meeting on Wednesday evening. Ms. Hermann asked the town board if, as a good faith gesture, they would consider also adopting a mutual aid dual tone out, as did the village board.
It was explained that the village is the second tone out should the town ambulance be unable to respond to a call. With that said it was also explained that the town ambulance covers a much larger area, and therefore receives a greater volume of calls.
To contrast, it was noted that the village receives an average of one call per week, while the town receives 4-5 calls per day. To have two rigs responding to a call, along with a police responder, is a danger to the residents on the roads, as well as the emergency responders themselves. Macedon Town Ambulance Director, Mr. Paul Harkness, explained that should the town be unable to respond to a call, back-up is called immediately, and that the town also participates in the Western Wayne Coalition, which allows anyone with proper qualifications to board any ambulance rig within the coalition. “We’re here to help the village ambulance if, and when, they need help.”
Supervisor Hammond shared that, within the past year, he has seen the best spirit of cooperation and cross training Macedon has ever had. He also shared his frustrations that too often people explain away the village and town government’s issues as “politics”, and that he wishes just once someone would question that blanket statement to ask, “What is politics?”. Using the ambulance mutual aid issues as an example, he explained that “politics” doesn’t answer why, exactly, decisions were made, or how they were made.
During the Round Table portion of the meeting, Supervisor Hammond shared that an overview of supplemental healthcare options for seniors 65 years and older will be held on Wednesday, August 13th and Wednesday, September 10th at 1:00 PM in the Log Cabin Restaurant, and is free to anyone interested.
Additionally Supervisor Hammond noted that the annual Rochester Aeromodeling Society will hold its annual Model Airplane Show and Open House on August 23rd & 24th, with all food proceeds to be donated to the Macedon Town Ambulance.
Councilwoman Pagano shared that she received the Macedon Village Sewer Report, and also announced that the annual Walworth Festival in the Park will be held this weekend, July 25th and 26th. Additionally she noted that the Village is collecting photos of Macedon from June 1st through September 1st, with more information available on the village web site.
Lastly, she shared that the Macedon Trails Committee will be giving a public presentation covering old and new projects on Tuesday, August 12th, at 7:00 PM in the Macedon Academy.
Code Enforcement Officer, Mr. Scott Allen, came before the board regarding the playground equipment inspection which was conducted at Bullis Park. The board then discussed their options regarding repairs, costs, and replacements. He also shared that the new RV Park is continuing with progress and it is anticipated to be open after Labor Day.
Macedon Town Ambulance Director, Mr. Paul Harkness, shared that 2 medics in the department received a thank you letter for outstanding health care provided, and acknowledged Mr. Adam Elsbree and Mr. Aaron Newton for their hard work and dedication in their field.
1st Assistant Chief of the South Macedon Fire and Rescue, Mr. Joe Lusardi, presented to the board the department’s second quarterly report for 2014, and highlighted that, to date, the department has received 243 calls (148 fire and 105 assists to the ambulance), and calls have averaged 4 people per call, with an average 1 minute response time, and less than 6 minute on scene time. The department is engaging in drills alone, and also with the Macedon Center FD and with the Macedon Town Ambulance. To date 87 training classes have been attended by members, one member has graduated, and two additional members will graduate this weekend, followed by two more graduates on August 8th.
The department has also swore in three members as Fire Police, and the entire department has dedicated 4,356 hours to the community through training, drills, calls, fundraisers, etc. Mr. Lusardi remarked that the department, as a whole, is “going really well; we have a very dedicated group of people.”
The board then approved the following business items and resolutions:
- Approval to purchase specialized mulch, repair parts, and a replacement piece of playground equipment in an amount not to exceed $6,200.00, for the Bullis Park playground
- Approval to award Robert Dentico, the low bider, the public safety building hallway contract, as recommended by the Town Engineer, in the amount of $3,595.00
No other business came before the board and the public meeting was adjourned at 8:27 PM for the board to then meet in Executive Session regarding personnel and litigation issues. The next Macedon Town Board meeting will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Macedon Town Hall. By Becky Block