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Boston Town Board and fire companies sign off on agreement

BOSTON — After weeks of negotiation, followed by time spent securing approval for the fire contracts in the town of Boston, town board members and representatives from the respective fire companies signed off on the contracts that were produced from the negotiations.

On Sept. 18, the Boston Fire Company, North Boston Fire Company and Patchin Fire Company approved the contracts. Representatives included Russel Metcalf for the BFC, Robert Pollinger for the NBFC and William Schwab for the PFC.

“The town board itself approved the content and form of the contract that was offered to the fire companies,” Councilman Jay Boardway said. “All three fire companies have agreed to ratify the contract as written. This is a tremendous effort by the representatives from the three fire companies that met with Supervisor [Martin] Ballowe, myself and the town attorney [Michael Kobiolka] on multiple occasions, to put a package together that benefits both the taxpayers in this town and the fire service.”

The contracts will continue for two years, during which the board members said they are “very confident” that they will be able “to put a nice plan together.”

“We think it’s going to work,” Boardway said.

In other board matters:

– Dana Darling and Joe Gauthier, developers for the Brookfield Patio Homes project, sought site plan approval from the board. Attorney Sean Hopkins said that the planning board has “issued a positive recommendation.”

Hopkins said that phase one will include two seven-unit, single-story structures. One will be designated for senior citizens and one will be for “young professionals looking for nice, new housing but not yet ready to buy a home, and then anyone else who is interested in downsizing.”

Approval was granted by the board under two conditions: a review of the plan by the PFC and that “all required permits be in order,” as specified by Town Engineer James Hannon. These conditions were listed in a letter from Boston Planning Board Chairman David Stringfellow.

“It’s obviously going to add a tax base to this town, which we all need,” Boardway said.

– The board passed Resolution 2013 – 2012: Establishment of the Feddick Road speed limit. The requested speed limit is 45 mph. The resolution called for a traffic speed and safety study to be conducted.

– Ballowe addressed correspondence concerning a “pedestrian accident” in the Boston Town Park. “I guess a parent let his foot off the brake and bumped a young child, hit him [and] he fell over,” Ballowe said. “The child’s OK. The board is collectively happy that Collin [Delarosa] didn’t suffer any concussions and we’re thankful that tragedy was avoided.” The town will install additional speed bumps and signage.

– Richard Bronx was appointed to one more year as a planning consultant for the planning board.

– Tony Zeniuk resigned from the planning board, effective immediately.

– The board granted approval for an additional accessory storage building at 6504 Chestnut Lane.

The next Boston Town Board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Boston Town Hall, which is located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.

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