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Fultonville threatens to cut fire service to town of Glen

Fultonville threatens to cut fire service to town of Glen

Fultonville intends to stop providing fire protection outside village boundaries if a contract with

Fultonville intends to stop providing fire protection outside village boundaries if a contract with the town of Glen isn't agreed on by Jan. 1.

Fultonville's Aetna Engine Co. No. 1 has covered a portion of the town for several years, but this year, officials in the town and village have been disputing terms of an expired contract. The Glen Fire Department covers about 70 percent of the town, officials have said.

The town is seeking a detailed budget request before inking a contract, but the village doesn't break down specific expenses for the fire department because it shares its municipal building with its fire department. Following two months of stalemate, the village retained Amsterdam attorney Bethany Schumann-McGhee to act as village counsel on the issue.

In a Nov. 19 letter to town officials, Schumann-McGhee calls for a resolution to the contract issue. According to the letter, the village wants a fire protection contract with the town prior to Jan. 1 or "the village will cease providing fire protection services outside of the village on that date."

"The village is very interested in resolving this matter quickly and amicably. However, the village cannot continue to provide fire protection services to the town without a contract or payment for same," Schumann-McGhee said in the letter.

Town Supervisor John B. Thomas and village Mayor Robert Headwell Jr. could not be reached today.

Earlier this year, Headwell said the town only paid $10,000 of a $29,000 annual bill in 2006 and nothing in 2007 and 2008. Thomas has said the town is trying to change the way it pays for

services and he wants a budget request from the village detailing exactly how much money it spends for fire protection and where. Thomas has said the Glen Fire Department's budget request breaks out appropriations for utilities, building repairs and medical insurance.

Headwell has said the village fire department, which is located in the Village Hall building practically across the street from Town Hall on Erie Street, doesn't have a separate budget.

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