Fire commissioners want to dissolve Oneonta fire district

With negotiations at a standstill between the city and Town of Oneonta fire district, some fire commissioners are proposing to dissolve the district.

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 1:10 AM

ONEONTA, NY – No movement yet on negotiations between the City of Oneonta and the Town of Oneonta Fire District.

The two sides have been trying to reach an agreement that would allow the city’s fire department to continue providing professional services to the town.

Now there’s word that some, not all, fire commissioners want to dissolve the Town of Oneonta fire district.

At Tuesday’s common council meeting, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Fire Commissioner Al Rubin updated the mayor and the council on the proposed dissolution plan.

Wood expressed his concerns on the plan to dissolve the district and urged Mayor Gary Herzig to continue negotiations.

“The town board is concerned that the fire commissioners have voted to dissolve. We take the issue very seriously. We wanted to come and express our desire that the common council authorizes the mayor to go ahead and negotiate with the commissioners. I think the commissioners are fairly divided on the issue. I think it’s important that we go forward and have a contract in place.”

Following an executive session, Mayor Herzig said the council agreed that he should continue negotiations with Commissioner Rubin.

Meanwhile, the fire commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the proposed dissolution of the fire district, for September 18th.

The hearing will be held at the Elm Park Methodist Church at 7 pm.

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