Greenbush reviews fire department facilities

by Sabrina Nucciarone Review Correspondent

GREENBUSH — An unknown frequency generated by the ignition starter in one of the fire trucks is the possible culprit causing one of the doors at the fire department to open.

At the town board meeting held Thurs., Dec. 28, Steve DeMunck, who serves the town by maintaining town facilities and working at the fire department, said the engine ignition is possibly emitting a frequency that powers the door open.

Until the cause is found, the breaker for that door will be temporarily turned off during the cold nights. If the door should come open during a freezing cold night, DeMunck said, it could hinder other operating systems inside the fire department building. “If the door stays open, or should open in the middle of the night, it would be bad,” he said.

The incident prompted the board to discuss the heating system in the fire house, noting that only two of the six heaters in the building are being utilized. “It is two out of six that work,” Supervisor Daniel Klahn said.

With only two operating heaters, the ambient air can only fluctuate between two temperatures. “It’s 50 and 70, there is no happy medium,” DeMunck said.

“We will be looking at replacing the thermostat so the whole system works properly,” Chairman Mike Limberg said.

In one of his first projects for 2018, De- Munck said he is going to “do some serious housecleaning” and reorganization in a fire house utility room. “It needs some straightening and cleaning,” he said. The project includes putting up some shelving and creating a closure for a small space where phone connections are visible.

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Tax time has come once again. The board reviewed a list of delinquent property taxes. Currently, over $6,500 is delinquent from the past several years. Much of that amount is from former residents who moved out of a local trailer park.

Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Phipps told the board of a Tax Refund Interception Program (TRIP/SDC) that allows the town to gather information needed from the state to locate and bill delinquent property tax payers what they owe. The town pays a nominal fee for this skip-tracing program, for each former resident it is used to locate.

Rather than write off the $6,500, the board approved using the TRIP/SDC program. Board members expressed hope that these back taxes could be collected.

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A resident in the public gallery commented that logging is being done on state-owned land within the Town of Greenbush along Ridge Road. The logging vehicles are damaging town roads by creating deep ruts.

Limberg said he had received no notice of any such activity. “I didn’t know they were there,” he said. “I will have to go see who is doing the logging and what is going on.”

Depending on what Limberg finds, it could be a challenge if the town has to deal with the state.

“The state does what they want, when they want,” Limberg commented. “When you try to call, who do you talk to?”

Any damage done to the road would have to be repaired and paid for by either the state, the logging company, or both.

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