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FALL 2007

Marcy Celebrates with Picnic, Time Capsule

By BRIAN SCALA Town Supervisor

Master Plan: 600 Give Voice

Over 600 residents respond to town survey. - PAGE 3 -

Community Pride

The 175th anniversary picnic at Town Hall on August 18 was a great success. Hundreds of residents came out to visit, tour the Town Hall building and share in food, beverage, games and music. Special thanks to our 175th anniversary committee, Town Departments and volunteers for organizing the event and doing a great job.

PW Dept. offers heating and home safety tips. - PAGE 5 -

Public Works Safety Tips

The colors were flying, kids were twirling and over 200 residents were picnicking outside and under the tent Aug. 18 at the Town Hall during the 175th Anniversary celebration. To kick off the town picnic, Boy Scouts raised the flag while coronetist Chris Wagner played "To the Colors." More on Page 4. Photos by BOB STRONACH

4th Graders create timeline of town history. - PAGE 5 -

History Timeline

Recreation Summer Fun

Check out photo essay of inaugural Day Camp. - PAGE 7 -


During the picnic on Aug. 18, our history and future were discussed. Our youth raised our flags and sang the National Anthem. Families that made up our history

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Maynard FD Referendum

Voters approve firehouse project. - PAGE 7 -

History of Marcy

There were no water lines, no fire department, and the only source of water was the mill pond. This led to the forming of the Stittville Fire Department in 1925, which protected Stittville and northern Marcy for many years. In 1911 the State Legislature authorized a branch of Utica State Hospital be built in Marcy. By 1912 two farm colonies were in operation on the grounds. By 1931 the hospital had grown so big that it was broken off from Utica and was made a separate institution. But like the canal and the airport, the State Hospital served Town of Marcy, Municipal Building marcy matters

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its purpose and was abandoned in favor of more modern facilities.

by RAY BALL, Town Historian

Modern Marcy

Following World War II came the chapter of what might be considered the modern history of Marcy. In the early 1950s began the end of our agricultural predominance. Returning military people were now young family people. New jobs, new careers, a shortage of goods, and a housing shortage all came together to put Marcy farmers in the position of having land

that was worth far more as building lots than it was for crop production. Several developments came into being; the section off River Road near Flanagan Road; the south side of Glass Factory Hill; the area off State Road; and the section around Morris Road. It was these housing developments that led to the need for zoning laws, planning departments, water lines and sewer systems. This was the beginning of the Marcy growth era; indeed, an era that seems to have no end. Since 1925 the only Fire 315-768-4800 1

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Department in Town was the one at Stittville, and it was limited to covering the north end of Marcy. So in 1953, a new fire company was formed, known as the Maynard Fire Department. This is a "people" organization made up of volunteers whose services have been available to the area through the unselfish efforts and dedication of those "who care".


Community Pride, History, Pool Update and 2008 Budget

by BRIAN N. SCALA Town Supervisor

Never-ending Road Projects

The 1950s were the beginning of seemingly unending road projects. In 1955 the Thruway was built, taking a huge slice of farm land out of production and cutting farmers off from access to other parts of their land. Then came the Glass Factory clover leaf which didn't make sense to anyone until the great Route 12 Arterial Road Project came to be. It took over 20 years to link New Hartford to Barneveld and then Alder Creek. That project was no sooner finished when work began on the Marcy, Utica, Deerfield road, commonly called the MUD project. In 1957 the Cary's Corners cloverleaf was built and the new four lane road (Rt. 49) to Rome.

were introduced as they are part of our past and future. Then our youth with Town Historian Ray Ball presented the time capsule to be buried. The time capsule contains over 30 items to be opened in 25 years, our 200th anniversary. I wrote a letter to the Supervisor of 2032.

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Pool Repairs

the approved sewer project roads (Upper Mallory, Ives, Fishlane, Olin and a portion of RT 291 ). In addition, we have asked Oneida County Health Department for its support for sewers in these areas. All of this data will be sent to NYSEFC (New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation) to see if we could free up funding for our area.

From Hospital to Prison

Just as Marcy farmers were slowly disappearing from the scene, the same thing happened at Marcy State Hospital, where in 1961 it was found that produce could be purchased cheaper than it could be grown. This resulted in the closing of the farm colony. It was also a signal of changes that would soon happen in the care of the mentally ill. Improved medicines and the need to reduce costs led to discharging more patients to outside care. Soon both Utica and Marcy State Hospitals would be almost totally closed, affecting the employment of Marcy area residents. In the 1980s a new era began, making use of the former hospital buildings by converting them into prisons. This activity has grown so extensively that

This fall/winter, the Town Board will look at the overall problems with our pool, pool building and attach fixed costs to repair. We will need to hire an engineer to supply us with the needed information and costs to repair this facility. Once we have received this information, we will ask you for your input on what should be done. We will keep you informed.

2008 Budget

Stalled Sewers

In an effort to free up funding for our sewer projects, surveys were sent out to another prison was soon built on the grounds once used by the farm colony.

Once again, your total Town taxes will not be going up for your Town services. In sixteen years, only one year had an increase (2006 due to funding for a large sewer project). Fifteen years taxes have gone down. Highway, Sanitation, Water and Sewer will collect $5,000 less in taxes (-1%). The 2008 tentative budget was presented to the Town Clerk on Sept. 28. The full Town Board will review the proposed budget and a pub-

lic hearing will take place on Oct. 25 at 6:45 p.m. The 2008 budget totals $4,518,550. This is $172,300 less than the 2007 budget, or a reduction of 3.7%. The proposed budget contains $60,000 for Storm Water Drainage issues, $30,000 to finish the Town Master Plan Update, and Debt Principal and Interest payments towards the re-payment of $524,000 in new Highway and Sanitation trucks purchased this year. Increases in the 2008 budget were for fuel, fuel-related products, snow removal, road improvements, medical and workers compensation insurance. The 2008 budget contains 3% - 3.9% increases for employees, elected and appointed positions. Have a great fall season and should you have any issues, please call, write or e-mail. is the State University of New York campus (SUNYIT), now in Marcy, and continuing to grow.

Education Plays Prominent Role

End to Aviation Era

Our Utica Airport ceased to exist over half-a-century ago when the Oneida County Airport opened in Oriskany. For awhile, our smaller Riverside Airport and School of Aeronautics were doing well, but the school is gone and the airport gave way to a road project.

It is interesting that education continues to be a prominent part of the Marcy scene. Our eleven school districts have consolidated and are now mostly part of the Whitesboro School District. Marcy Elementary was built to handle grade school students and Whitesboro Central High School was built in Marcy for the older grades. Our crowning achievement

Power Supply Center

It might be said that Marcy is the center of power. The town is home of the New York State Power Authority Distribution Center, on Glass Factory Road, as well as two Niagara Mohawk power stations on Edic Road. From here,

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By ROBERT LAMBE We had an outstanding response to the community survey distributed with the last edition of Marcy Matters, with 615 responses submitted by the end of July. The vast majority of the survey forms had written comments which were typed by our consultant into a document that has been provided to town officials for review and consideration. Here are some specific results from our initial review: · A whopping 98% of the respondents agree (83%) or somewhat agree (15%) that we experience a good quality of life in the Town of Marcy. · Over two-thirds of us think that the Town has a distinct identity within Central New York (41% agree and 31% somewhat agree). · When we think of Marcy,

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Over 600 Residents Give Voice in Community Survey

about a third of us think of our own Neighborhood and another 27% think of the open countryside. · In general we are satisfied with the police services (86%), fire protection (86%), road maintenance (91%), snow plowing (96%). Slightly more than half of us would not be willing to pay more taxes for improved services. · We would like to protect our local resources, including streams (91%) wetlands (87%), wildlife (92), historic structures (90%), prime farm land (88%), forests & woodlands (92%). · Scenic views (93%) and our rural character (91%) are important to us and most of us think that open space protection should be part of new development (81%). · Most of us think that there is a good variety of housing types (86%) and price ranges (75%) available in town, with some people suggesting that more consideration for affordable housing for seniors is desirable. · We generally favor exploring recreational opportunities along the canal (73%) but have mixed opinions about improvements at town parks. · Many of us think that the town needs more shopping or retail (73%). Note: having a local grocery store was mentioned as desirable by many people but the town has been unable to attract one because we are not big enough. · We are divided about whether we think there are good job opportunities in the area with 41% saying yes and 37% saying no. This is reflected in a cautious response about whether the Town should work to create more job opportunities in the agriculture (53%), retail (65%), industrial (64%) and service (63%) sectors. Most of the people who submitted the surveys live in Marcy (97%) and own their home (96%). More than half (64%) have lived here over 16 years. About a third live here because is it rural and quiet. Other common reasons include the school district (15%), being close to Utica or Rome (12%), favorable taxes (11%), or because they grew up here (11%). More detailed analysis of the survey results will be available at the Town Hall after it is completed. On behalf of the planning committee and the Town, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit the survey which will guide us in our work to draft an updated Town Master Plan. Your thoughts and suggestions are still welcome by email at [email protected] org or in writing c/o the Planning Board at the Town office.

Summer Work

electrical power is received from Niagara and St. Lawrence power sources, and redistributed over much of New York State. It is ironic that the location of the first settlers in Marcy is now the home of one of our newest large scale business ventures. If only John Wilson (of 1793) could come back and look on his old neighborhood and see the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, with over 800 employees, and 400 or so trucks moving merchandise in and out. Would he be amazed? Would he be shocked? Or would he simply say, "See, I told you this was a good location!"

Town Highway Department crew grades property that was dug up to allow sewer hookup to property across the street along Glass Factory Road. Gradall operator is Todd Symonds.

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Fun & History at 175th Anniversary Picnic at Town Hall on Aug. 18


Parks & Recreation Director Pat Clark and youngsters prepare to lower time capsule into ground as Town Historian Ray Ball announces contents and recognizes heritage families.

The Stittville Quilt and historic documents were on display in the Town Hall.

Among town officials on hand for the festivities were Town Supervisor Brian Scala; Councilman Keith Schuderer, visiting with firefighter and son; Councilman Jim Goodman helping to keep up the supply of hamburgers and hotdogs; and Councilwoman Kathy Gregory chatting with residents.

`Dogs and `burgers were favorite fare.

The Mark Werchowski Band performed.

ABOVE AND BELOW: The young and the young at heart had much fun.

The Anniversary Committee

The 175th Anniversary Committee included: Ray Ball, Francine Broccoli, Bernadette Sharbach, Dave Kozyra, Kathy Gregory, Brandon Candella, Jim Goodman, Frank Gruenewald and Pat Clark.


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Public Works Department

CONSTRUCTION, INSPECTIONS The Public Works Department has issued 13 single-family new construction building permits, so far this year. This compares with eight issued for the same time in 2006. We are continuing with building inspections and moving forward with the Property and Maintenance Inspections. The sewer department has been busy cleaning, maintaining and monitoring all pump stations to insure that all are in proper working order. wood or pellet stove, please remember a building permit is required. This is also a good time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


SMOKE DETECTORS Don't be foolish enough to think a barking dog will awaken you or that you will smell smoke ­ don't count on it. Keep your smoke detectors properly maintained. Test them at least once every month to make sure they work. The ceiling is the best location for your smoke detector. Working smoke detectors save lives. CHECK HEATING UNITS Test ­ clean ­ replace. With cold weather ahead, Make sure you have a famnow is the time to inspect your ily escape plan. Have home heating system, fireplaces and fire drills several times a year. chimneys to insure that they are in proper working order and When a fire occurs, get out of the house and use a neighbor's are clean of any residue that phone to call 911 or the fire decould cause a fire. If you are planning to install a fireplace, partment.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that kills. Carbon monoxide is produced from burning any fuel. Running a car in a garage or using charcoal indoors can cause CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide displaces the body's essential oxygen. Besides flu-like symptoms, it can also cause vomiting, loss of consciousness, brain damage and eventually, death. So, be sure to check the batteries and the overall working condition of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly. CONTACT INFO As always, please feel free to contact us at 736-0205 with any questions or concerns regarding building, zoning or sewer.

Town Board Regular Meetings

Oct. 25 Nov. 8 Nov. 29 Dec. 13 Dec. 27

Town Board meetings are held twice a month (except during summer) on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Zoning Board Of Appeals Regular Meetings

Nov. 5 Dec. 3 Meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Planning Board Regular Meetings

Nov. 19 Dec. 17 Meetings start at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Marcy 4th Graders Draw Timeline of Town's History

Town Historian Ray Ball mingled with 48 fourth grade students from Marcy Elementary School on June 14, touting the lessons of history while taking them on a tour of the Town Hall. The group stopped in front of a metal detector, and Ball had each student file through it before entering the Town Court, humorously saying he wanted to make sure there were no gun-toting outlaws or terrorists among the lot. School Principal Laurie Fitzgerald and 4th Grade Teachers Rosemary Povec, Liz Ohnezeit and Sarah Hart brought the three 4th grade classes to the Town Hall to officially present a pictorial timeline of the town's history. Students drew pictures rep-

Town Historian Ray Ball with 4th grade students who created pictorial timeline.

resenting key dates along the timeline. Historian Ball ended the tour in the Town Court and its adjacent community room where public meetings are held, but not before banging the judge's gavel to emphasize a lesson in good citizenship. He encouraged the youngsters

to stay away from drugs and activities that would bring them back to court, where the judge would bang his gavel and the Sheriff or State Police would be waiting to take them to Oneida County Correctional Facility. The students erupted into a round of applause, and eventu-

ally headed outdoors for a few parting words. Once the 4th graders assembled in a semi-circle around him, Ball pointed to a spot in front of the stone between the two flag poles, and told them a time capsule would be buried there during the town's anniversary picnic on Aug. 18.

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Legislators Act on Bills


County Legislator

Here are highlights of resolutions passed by your Oneida County Board of Legislators during the 2007 legislative year: · approval of a contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension for the Agricultural Economic Development Rick Flisnik Program at a cost of $90,799. · a local law enacting a sliding scale real property tax exemption for persons with disabilities and limited income. · resolution authorizing the reconstruction of roads in and for the county, and issuance of $3,500,000 of bonds. · approval of agreement between Oneida County and certain cities, towns, and villages for road striping and roadside mowing. · authorization of supplemental military leave benefits for County Employees on ordered military leave. · a local law amending the Oneida County Charter to reestablish the Department of the Airport as the Department of Aviation. · resolution authorizing the reconstruction of bridges in and for the county and issuance of $1,800,000 of bonds. Information on all resolutions passed in 2007 can be viewed on the Oneida County Web Site: www. (click on Board of Legislators link). Your input is invaluable and welcomed. Please contact me on any county matter by phone or email ([email protected]).



Dog Control Officer

Unintended Neglect of Pets

Dog Control is not always licenses, barking dogs or biting dogs. It is frequently about abuse or neglect of animals. Most amazingly, much of the neglect comes from people who adore their pets and would never consciously abuse them. I'll give you two very recent examples. A 12-week-old puppy left outdoors on a lead on a nice day. But the day turned ugly with heavy rain ­ a cold rain ­ and this puppy has no shelter for hours, perhaps all day. The owners? At work. Dogs are private property. A well meaning neighbor (if there is one) runs the risk of serious trouble of varying sorts if he or she takes the puppy off the property to aid it. First of all, that's trespassing. Secondly, some individuals rather than thanking you will avalanche

a tirade upon you and accuse you of interfering or stealing. What do you do? Please call me. It is my responsibility and I take it seriously. A second example: While parking my car at the grocery store a vehicle pulls up with a small dog in it. The presumed owner left the back two windows open ­ there were four windows in the vehicle ­ cracked approximately two inches. The temperature on the asphalt was 88 degrees and thus the temperature in the vehicle could reach 104 degrees in fifteen minutes. That animal was still in the vehicle 45 minutes later when I left the store. It was not in my jurisdiction. What to do? If you are in Utica or New Hartford, call the police as they have animal control officers who can respond.

Otherwise, call the Oneida County Sheriff's Department and ask them to call the appropriate dog control officer. You may save an animal's life as well as an emotional human scar that someone endures via their negligence or ignorance. And now to dogs in moving cars with windows. Most people clearly understand and can predict their pets' behaviors in their home environment. However, dogs in cars ­ and this unfamiliar territory with unexpected stimuli ­ can suddenly be a stranger to you. Your dog is unrestrained, on the seat or in your lap, the windows are open and you stop at a red light. And the dog or cat hears perhaps a loud noise and your animal bolts out the window into traffic or a completely unfamiliar neighborhood. The animal could be maimed, killed or lost. What to do? Do not allow the windows open far enough for them to exit. It is that simple. Reminder: · Invisible Fence does not function in power outages. If weather indicates that this could occur, do not leave your animals out. · If your dogs do not have tags on and stray, you may never get them back.

Fun and Travel With Senior Club

Seniors 55 years and older meet at the Town Hall at noon on the second and fourth Monday of the month. On the second Monday, bring a dish to share for a pot luck lunch. On the fourth Monday, bring your own sandwich, and share cake and jello to celebrate member birthdays. The club also has special dinner dinner parties for Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more info, contact

Carol Doyle at 733-8456. Seniors' Travel Club Members travel as a group to Turning Stone Casino on the third Monday of the month, and receive free bingo or $15 free play

in the casino as well as a $5 food coupon. The bus leaves at 9:15 a.m. from Deerfield Fire House and 9:30 a.m. from Marcy Town Hall. For information on other trips, contact Sue Clark at 724-1049.


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Maynard Drive Firehouse to Expand Next Spring

The firehouse on Maynard Drive will be expanded and renovated to better accommodate modern fire apparatus and provide sufficient space for offices, storage of equipment and supplies, and a firefighters' lounge and fitness center. Marcy voters in the Maynard Fire District overwhelmingly approved the $2.3 million apparatus. Maynard Fire Department "We thank voters and the project, 172 to 28, in a refercommunity at large for their endum held Oct. 2, reported continuing support of our misJohn Messina, chairman of the sion to respond to emergencies Board of Fire Commissioners. at literally a moment's notice," The project will correct Messina said. severe roof problems with a The project will have an espitched-roof design over the By complex as well as bring timated chair entire ROBERT LAMBE, Planning Board tax impact of 80 cents the facility up to present safety per thousand of assessed valuation. codes, he noted.The addition A building committee exwill feature wider bays for fire

Firefighters train at Maynard Drive facility.

plored the option of erecting a new facility or expanding the current one. They found that "renovating the Maynard facility will save money, yet provide the space necessary for our volunteer firefighters to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies," Messina said. He added that he expected the architect, Alesia and Crewell, to develop a plan

with specs to put out to bid by January. Construction could begin in the spring, he said.

Kids' Halloween Party

A Children's Halloween Party hosted by the Maynard Fire Department will feature a parade, a costume contest and plenty of refreshments. It starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Maynard Drive firehouse.

Youth Enjoy Town's Summer Programs


Day campers Madison Lecher, Jessica Pollard and Joey Lecher enjoy board game.

This summer saw two changes in our programming, Swimming instruction at SUNYIT and an inaugural Day Camp program at our town park. Nearly 70 of our youth participated in Session One and Session Two Swimming Instruction at SUNYIT and 71 enrollees enjoyed our Day Camp program which provided arts and crafts, games and community trips. Additionally, our second year of golf instruction at Hidden Valley was enjoyed by 12 of our youth. Thanks to the staff at Hidden Valley Golf Course and SUNYIT. Special thanks to all the swim instructors, lifeguards and camp counselors!


Day camper Abigal Humphrey enjoys board game while Jacob Phelps and MacKenzie Emery play table soccer with counselor Erica Jones.

With Day Camp counselor Ashley Mancini looking on, Grabrielle Derocher enjoys the basketball court, along with (above) Ganna Kondzielawc and Amy Haas.

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Phone Numbers MUNICIPAL BUILDING (Town Hall) 315-768-4800 8801 Paul Becker Rd. 315-768-1305 (FAX) Marcy, NY 13403



Scala, Brian N.


Candella, Brendon Goodman, James P. Gregory, Kathleen A. Schuderer, Keith Ball, Raymond Broccoli, Francine Buttenschon, Donald Charboneau, Gail Clark, Patrick Fairbrother, Donald Flisnik, Richard Gruenewald, Frank Kozyra, David W. Lambe, Robert Doyle, Gerry Russell, Tim Schillaci, Gina Schmitt, William P. Sciortino, Terri Smith, Paul Sorrell, Carson Stronach, Mary & Bob VanHatten, Patrick Wrobel, Lori Everett Smith

Councilman Councilman Councilwoman Deputy Supervisor/Councilman

6342 Hidden Meadow Drive, Marcy ­ Phone and Fax 724-1565 Municipal Building ­ 768-4800 Ext. 240 9256 River Rd., Marcy, NY 13403 ­ 736-7675 9201 Kennedy Road, Marcy ­ 736-6236 9228 Kennedy Road, Marcy ­ 796-2109, 736-5806 (Fax) 9122 River Road, Marcy ­ Phone and Fax 736-7262


Town Historian 9975 Morgan Road, Marcy ­ 724-0994; 768-4800 Ext. 226 Town Clerk Municipal Building, Marcy ­ 768-4800 Ext. 222 ­ 768-1305 (Fax) Justice Municipal Building, Marcy ­ 768-4800 ­ 768-1308 (Fax) Dog Control Officer 865-6615 Parks/Recreation Director 8801 Paul Becker Rd. ­ 768-7362 (evenings) Constable Municipal Building, Marcy ­ 768-4800 Oneida County Legislator Fox Road, Marcy ­ 865-8707 Special Projects Coord. 9981 Hillside Terrace, Marcy ­ 732-0696 Economic Development Officer Municipal Building, Marcy ­ 534-9882 Planning Board Chair 5847 Cedar Ave. ­ 736-6627 President, Marcy Seniors 5819 Linda Drive, Marcy ­ 733-8456 Public Works Adm. Mohawk St., Marcy ­ 736-0205 (Phone/Fax) Sewer Inspector, Zoning Codes Officer Tax Collector Municipal Building, Marcy ­ 768-4800 Ext. 227, 768-1306 (Fax) [email protected] Town Attorney Municipal Building, Marcy Court Clerk Municipal Building, Marcy ­ 768-4800 Ext. 223, 768-1308 (Fax) Assessor Municipal Building, Marcy ­ 768-4800 Ext. 228, 768-1307 (Fax) Zoning Board Chairman 9707 Toby Road, Marcy ­ 768-4800 Ext. 230, 724-7975 Editor, Marcy Matters P.O. Box 477, Marcy ­ 796-9284, 800-986-0423 (Fax), [email protected] Superintendent of Hwys. Highway Sanitation Building, Toby Road, Marcy ­ 865-8223 (Phone/Fax) Planning/Zoning Secty. Municipal Building ­ 768-4800 Ext. 231 Secretary P.O. Box 429, Marcy ­ 865-6144 (Phone/Fax)

MARCY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Maynard Fire Dept. Stittville Fire Dept.

Station One - Maynard Drive - Marcy Business Office 732-8181; Station Two - Church Road - Marcy, NY Chief Bill Gagnon -- 723-0098; President Joy Davis Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners: John Messina ­ 732-3724 Main Street, Stittville - Business Office 865-4531 Chief Neil Sutherland ­ 865-4062; President Edward Niedzielski Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners: William Blust ­ 865-4930

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