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Fire issues top Scotia agenda

The Village of Scotia Board of Trustees will kick off the new year by looking at hiring two new firefighters, including a new fire chief. Mayor Kris Kastberg said the trustees hope to have a new chief in place as early as March.

Kastberg said the village has five internal candidates for the position, including the acting chief, Capt. Charles Keller, who has been filling in since spring when former Chief Richard Kasko left to take a job with General Electric.

Kastberg said those vying for positions within the department will take a civil service exam in January.

We expect those results back in January and February, in the meantime we can start the interviewing process, said Kastberg.

Kastberg said the village is also revisiting the issue of providing fire coverage for Fire District 4, which is under the Town of Glenville's jurisdiction. The town pays the village to provide service to the area, which includes lower Mohawk Avenue and the Scotia-Glenville Industrial Park. The village was hoping for a long-term contract with the town but only received a one-year agreement.

The cost of the coverage for the year comes to $339,000, a number Kastberg said has increased because of property values.

Glenville Supervisor Frank Quinn said that the cost has increased too much, and he wants to look at what is best for the taxpayers. Quinn said the town is surveying homeowners and business owners in the park to see if they are comfortable with paying the village $339,000, or to see if it is time to go with a volunteer company, such as Buekendaal or Thomas Corners.

Quinn said questionnaires will be sent out to residents and business owners in District No. 4 this month and will be reviewed before the one-year contract expires so that the town can decided how to proceed.

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