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Details of Front Street fire truck agreement released

JOHNSBURG Town Supervisor William Thomas released details Tuesday of a tentative agreement between the town, the North Creek Volunteer Fire Department and developers of Front Street, a proposed multi-use residential/resort complex adjacent to Gore Mountain and the towns Ski Bowl Park.

The agreement calls for Front Street to facilitate the acquisition of a ladder truck for the North Creek Fire Department as well as construction of a place to house the truck.

It identifies the trigger event, Thomas told those gathered at Tuesdays Town Board meeting, alluding to language in the agreement that would require the truck acquisition once theres a stamped, approved blueprint signaling construction of any Front Street building whose height exceeds the fire departments capacity to reach that height when fighting a fire.

In the agreement, Front Street agrees to pay for a professional grant writer to assist the town and fire company in applying for grant money to help pay for the truck.

Front Street agrees to pay the difference between any grant money obtained and the actual cost of the truck and structure to house it in.

The intent is that there will be no cost to the town or the fire company, Thomas said.

The agreement would be binding on future owners of the Front Street project as well, Thomas said.

In the proposed agreement, the fire department would agree that if the ladder truck is used fighting a fire in another municipality or jurisdiction outside of the North Creek fire district, the fire department would seek reimbursement for the cost of the use of the truck.

Thomas said the current fire house would likely require an addition to accommodate the new ladder truck, the expense of which would be covered by Front Street according to the agreement.

The Town Board authorized Thomas to sign the agreement which now must go to the fire company for its approval.

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