Batavia Fire Department reaches out to Cascade

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — During the public comments portion of its Tuesday night meeting, the Village Board head from Dennis Schulz, fire chief of the Batavia Volunteer Fire Department.

“As you know, we’re a neighboring department, a neighboring village,” Schulz said. “I do very much value good working relationships with our close neighbors, both fire and EMS. Not only the fire departments, but also the municipalities, as well.

“If there are any questions anyone here in the village has, feel free to contact me at any time,” Schulz continued. “I know there are a lot of rumors going around, right now, possibly that we’re disbanding, or folding, or something like that. Those rumors aren’t accurate. We are, right now, talking with the Beechwood Fire Department about a possible consolidation. But those are at a very initial status yet. We don’t really know where that’s going to lead to, or whether that will be successful or not.

“So, we value good working relationships with our neighbors. If anything would change, we would let you know as soon as possible. We will continue to provide mutual aid to the best of our ability in both fire and EMS. And we’ll continue our upward progression. We’ve made a lot of progress in the last 10 years. We’re very proud of what we’ve done.”

Schulz again encouraged anyone with questions to contact him.

About the rumors, Village President Dave Jaeckels said, “One story turns into a totally different story from what it actually is.”

“That’s why I’m here,” Schulz said.

“I appreciate you coming in,” said Jaeckels. “I agree with everything you’ve said. We’ve always had a very good working relationship. I’ve been on the fire department for a long time and worked with you guys for a long time. There have never been any issues. Everyone works as a team. And I think we all know how difficult it is to find dedicated people to do it nowadays.”

“That is our biggest obstacle,” Schulz agreed.

Unfortunately, Jaeckels said, that is a common problem for fire departments. Schulz agreed.

“Hopefully, we can always be there for each other,” Jaeckels said.

“I certainly hope so,” Schulz said. “I certainly do appreciate your support.”

Other village business

Trustee Tom Horner commented that he and his wife snowshoe on the newly created trail at Cascade Memorial Park. “It’s very plain that people are on the trail,” he said, adding it’s “an asset to the community.”

One special meeting was held, and another is in the works, to discuss options for new facilities for the Cascade Fire Department. Jaeckels said there is no urgency in this, “which is good.”

The board unanimously approved one liquor license application, and authorizing Jaeckels to negotiate with an appraiser to have the current fire dept. building assessed.

Police report for January: Nine citations (all for winter parking violations), totaling $180; three unlicensed vehicles; an open door); four warnings; nine property checks; no traffic accidents investigated, arrests made, court appearances, or warrants.

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