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Thomas clarifies ladder truck issue

JOHNSBURG Following a news story in this paper that appeared last Saturday in which a reporter misinterpreted a clause in a proposed agreement between Front Street developers, the Town of Johnsburg and the North Creek Fire Department regarding acquisition of a ladder truck, Johnsburg Supervisor William Thomas sought to clarify the issue.

The clause reads, In the event an unrelated party in the NCVFD fire district proposes a project that requires ladder truck support, the NCVFD will take reasonable efforts to require that party to share in the funding.

Thomas said that clause is intended for other developers who might propose building projects that include tall structures and is limited only to projects within the NCVFD fire district.

Under no circumstances, Thomas said, is the clause meant to imply that other municipalities or fire districts would be asked to share in the cost a ladder truck, and it is not intended to violate mutual aid agreements the district has in place with other municipalities and other districts.

The agreement calls for Front Street to pay for a grant writer to assist the fire department in applying for grants to pay for part of the cost of the truck. Front Street further agrees to contribute the difference between any grant monies received and the actual cost of the truck and a structure in which to house it.

The agreement is consistent with ongoing Town Board efforts to hold developers accountable for costs incurred by the town that are directly attributable to the developments, Thomas said.

The intent is that there would be no cost to the town, the fire district or the taxpayers, Thomas said.

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