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Scotia residents favor village fire company

It looks as though the Village of Scotia Fire Department will be able to hold onto a $300,000 contract to cover the Glenville's District 4.

Town and village officials held a public meeting Thursday, March 12, to see how the taxpayers in the district wanted to spend their money.

Scotia mayor Kris Kastberg said he expects the town to make a formal decision to renew the contract with the village and added that he is still hoping to find a permanent solution as opposed to revisiting the contract every year.

At this point, it is in the town's hands to move forward with this. The desire of the village is to come up with a permanent solution so that we aren't going through this every time a new board is elected in Glenville. With elections in November, I hope the town moves forward with this now, said Kastberg.

Glenville Supervisor Frank Quinn has repeatedly said he wanted the issue to be about the desire of the taxpayers, and it was never about the quality of the coverage provided by Scotia.

"We wanted to hear from the people who pay the bills and to also honor what they want for protection," said Quinn.

Residents and business owners in Glenville's Fire District 4 were asked to weigh in about whether the town should continue to hire the Village of Scotia Fire Department at $339,000 a year or go with an area volunteer department for less.

Nearly 100 people attended the meeting, with many speaking in favor of keeping the village in charge of providing fire protection. Most of District 4 consists of the Scotia-Glenville Industrial Park and lower Mohawk Avenue.

Of those who attended, 19 people spoke in favor of keeping the Scotia fire department, including board members.

Councilmen Chris Koetzle said at the meeting that he, like Kastberg, wants to see politics taken out of the issue.

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