Lee fire commissioners outline security work, other projects

Dave Gymburch
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Posted 8/13/19

TOWN OF LEE — Several work projects at the Lee Center firehouse, plus a payment relating to a new vehicle purchase, were among topics for the town Board of Fire Commissioners. Other matters …

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Lee fire commissioners outline security work, other projects

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TOWN OF LEE — Several work projects at the Lee Center firehouse, plus a payment relating to a new vehicle purchase, were among topics for the town Board of Fire Commissioners.

Other matters addressed at the board’s meeting last week included the swearing-in of two new members for the Lee Center Volunteer Fire Department. In the actions, as outlined by board Chairman Patrick Hetherington:

• The town fire district is “at the 95-to-98 yard line” regarding completion of a long-pending firehouse renovation that involved reconfiguring firehouse doors to better fit larger vehicles, said
Hetherington.

Structural-steel welding that was redone to meet project specifications has passed, noted Hetherington, adding the welding did not pose safety issues but was redone to “ensure we get what we paid for.”

Among remaining items to be addressed in the door renovation project are some apron surface areas by the doors that need correcting, Hetherington said.

The board in 2017 had approved a contract with M.J. Dakota company of Oneida as main contractor for the work. Of a total project cost of $89,548, a balance of $8,954 remains to be paid by the fire district pending project completion.

• The board will evaluate bids received for a new security system at the firehouse that would replace an approximately 20-year-old system whose issues include old technology and difficulties in finding repair parts.

The system includes exterior and interior cameras with recording capabilities for footage, Hetherington remarked. The board will seek more information so it can better compare the two bids and “make an intelligent and informed decision,” he explained.

• The board approved paying $7,000 to the Yanuk construction company in Herkimer County as winning bidder to remove two damaged catch basins in front of the firehouse and install new ones.

The town fire district purchased new concrete catch basins last year and then reviewed installation options, Hetherington said.

• The board approved paying $56,127 for the chassis portion of a new mini-pumper firefighting vehicle for the Lee Center Volunteer Fire Department. An overall $256,000 purchase from manufacturer Toyne, Inc. of Iowa was agreed upon last December.

The fire district paid up-front for the chassis portion to save money on interest charges. The new truck, to replace a current mini-pumper, is expected to by ready by the end of the year.

In a separate matter involving a Lee Center department firefighting vehicle, Hetherington said engine number 5 which is a primary pumper was taken out of service on Aug. 4 due to pump issues and was back in service by Aug. 9 following repairs.

• Sworn in as new firemen for the Lee Center department were Christopher Coleman and Cory Matt.

The department now has about 45 active members, said Hetherington.

The fire commissioners board oversees the Lee Center department as part of its management of the taxpayer-funded Lee fire district. The board also contracts with the independent Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department for coverage of part of the town.

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