Chester board considers ambulance company issue

CHESTERTOWN An important rumor was squashed at the monthly Town of Chester Board meeting Oct. 9. There is an issue between two separate volunteer ambulance companies, North Creek and North Warren. North Creek has recently served Chestertown residents living in the northwest segment of the Town of Chester, but North Warren Company was given the Certificate of Need (CON) by the New York State Health Department currently. Thus North Warren Company feels responsible for these citizens, but the ones in the audience want to be served by North Creek, since it is 10 miles closer to them. They heard a rumor that in less than two weeks, North Creek would be toned out. Although Town of Chester Board members have no real jurisdiction in this matter, they assured residents that the rumor will be looked into and they would use all their influence to make the northwest segment covered by a North Creek contract or something similar to the fire district protection arrangements. There will be a meeting among the ambulance companies, town supervisors and health department on Oct. 17 at Tannery Pond Community Center (TPCC) at 7 p.m. to iron out the issue. On the next issue, all Board members were not in agreement. The new local law being proposed to ban open burning is not supported at all by Board Member Mike Packer. The other Board members want a law still allowing appropriate burn barrels and outdoor boilers but not the burning of garbage and rubbish which is hazardous to health and smelly. Garbage is defined as food, dead animals and anything capable of decay. Rubbish is plastic, diapers, tires, old rugs, treated wood, chemicals and many other inappropriate things. However, untreated wood, paper and sawdust are not rubbish. The ban would be town-wide and all hours. A public hearing on this issue will be held November 13th at 7:30 p.m. Plans were made for a cement crushing pad at the town trash collection station to allow a commercial company to crush cars and share revenue with the town. The New York State Health Department has approved the process as long as drain barrels are used and there is not ground seepage. A training session will be held for anyone desiring to be town emergency volunteers on Saturday Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be advertised in the newspaper and all are encouraged to come and be trained by Red Cross personnel. A petition signed by 42 residents asked for more pressure on the New York State Highway Department to make the Blue Bay Road-Routes 8 and 9 intersection safer. In addition, some of the paving priorities (Blue Bay Extension and Vanderwalker Roads) might be moved up if the Alder Bridge Reconstruction can not get started. Also patience for due process was counseled for the illegal junk yard issue. Finally, some minor 2008 budget issues were discussed among Board members. Warren County was the only county with major road washouts not receiving federal funds in 2005 since we were pre-empted by Katrina. The County has almost no reserves left, but is still trying to keep its tax increase at 6 percent. The public hearing on the town budget, much of which is affected by the county budget, will be Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

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