It was announced at the Turkey Creek Fire Territory executive board meeting recently that the Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department has been conducting a fundraiser for the equipment and supplies fund. With at least a $20 donation, donors are offered a photograph. Fire chief Mickey Scott stressed the donated funds do not go into the fire territory’s equipment replacement fund.
In his report, Scott noted the fire department conducted its annual MDA Boot Drive on Aug. 24 and raised $2,322.48, the highest amount the department has ever raised for this event. He also reviewed the fire territory’s 2014 budget.
The operations budget for the fire territory is $1,533,660 and the equipment replacement budget is $275,000. The approved levy is $1,808,660. Per the Department of Local Government Finance, $227,000 of the budget is funded by EMS income and not property taxes. The estimated COIT received for 2014 will be $90,000.
Scott reported no action has been taken with the Fire Station No. 1 renovation.
In the finance report, it was noted everything looked good except administrative services, which was high due to attorney fees absorbed earlier this year.
Several members of the department have signed up to attend an advanced EMT course, or bridge course, in order to meet state requirements. Six volunteers and three staff signed up. Another member of the department has been attending paramedic class.
The Turkey Creek Fire Territory board also took a moment of silence in honor of John Connolly who passed away recently. Scott noted Connolly served with the fire department for 53 years.
The next meeting of the Turkey Creek Fire Territory Executive Board will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.