Massena mayor wants advice from fire committee before agreeing with town on code office
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:10 am

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- Mayor James Hidy is going to await direction of the village fire committee before going forward with an intermunicipal agreement with the town about the code office.

"Let's see how many businesses are in the township, see if a fee schedule or lump payments make more sense," Hidy said.

Trustee Patricia Wilson, who is on the committee along with Trustee Francis Carvel, thinks the building inventory is the way to go.

"It would be ideal … for somebody in our fire department to know what those buildings are like when they show up," she said.

The town will vote on a draft agreement to pay the village firefighters to take care of fire inspections. Under the proposition, the village will send firefighters to perform town fire inspections and the associated fees will go directly to the village.

The firemen perform both fire and building code work for the village; Peter Devine does building inspections for the town.

The village and town had hired him last year as a joint venture, but he quickly resigned from doing his job for the village. He said it was because the fire department was performing his duties.