New fire station/public works garage spurs another special meeting

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The current Trevor Fire Station would be replaced by a proposed new facility, which would be located just to the north of this property.

The fate of a new fire station/public works facility will be discussed, and perhaps voted on, again this Thursday by the Salem Town Board.

That will be the second special meeting in less than two weeks to discuss the $8 million project, which has been under consideration in some form since 2005.

The board scheduled the special meeting at its regular meeting Monday night. It will take place Thursday at 6 p.m.

Town Chairman Linda Valentine said all seven agenda items on last week’s meeting will again be on this Thursday’s meeting agenda. To do that, the first item, which authorized moving forward with the project and was approved last week, will need to be written as a a reconsideration, town attorney Richard Scholze said.

At one point late last week, the fire station public works garage items were on this Monday’s meeting agenda, but were later pulled by Valentine. She objected to the items being added by staff without her authorization.

Monday, Scholze said he owed the board and town administrator Patrick Casey an apology for the mix-up. Scholze had researched the matter of who had authority to set the agenda, he said, but had not let his law partner know his findings. When Casey called for an opinion and spoke to the partner in Scholze’s absence, she did not have the benefit of Scholze’s opinion that the town chairman had the authority to set the agenda and gave Casey the faulty advice to act as had been past practice.

“I owe an apology to you (Valentine), to the members of the board and Pat Casey,” Scholze said.

The new station will replace the current Trevor station and the nearby public works facility.


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