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MALTA: Board members clash

Sausville said Gizzi was the only one who complained about the photograph when a draft of the brochure, which has been ready since December, was distributed to the entire town board as well as a number of people at each of the two firehouses and the ambulance corps.

"I didn't think your picture on that brochure would be appropriate," said Gizzi. She added, "There are no pictures of any of the volunteers or the firehouses. It wasn't personalized enough."

Sausville said the intent of the brochure is for the supervisor to be making a plea to town residents to get involved with the emergency services in town. As such, he said he feels having his photograph, as well as the names of the town board members, on the brochure is appropriate.

Rick Jennings, a member of the Malta Ridge Fire Department, said he just wants to get the pamphlet out to the public and is concerned its publication and distribution is being held up by all the back and forth among town officials.

"We don't want to be put into the middle like a football," said Jennings. "I care about projecting volunteerism in this community."

When the brochure recently went to press, Nolan stopped the printing. She said by removing the supervisor's photo and board members' names, the document would be timeless, allowing for reprints in the future.

Sausville countered that the names of the current chiefs and presidents of the emergency services agencies are on the brochure, and those positions are elected positions within their companies and also subject to change.

Board members Gizzi, Nolan, Cliff Lange and Jerry Winters demanded the photo be removed, and Sausville was equally adamant that the photo belonged on the document.

"It's amazing the amount of time you folks have spent quibbling about your own issues," said resident and member of the Malta Ambulance Corps Peter Carey. "We're asking for help."

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