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Carthage-Wilna Fire District approves policies on licenses, fundraisers

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CARTHAGE — The Carthage-Wilna Fire District board of commissioners, in an ongoing initiative to update policy, approved two measures at its June meeting.

Under a new policy, all drivers of any of the fire district’s registered vehicles must hold a valid driver’s license. In addition, all New York state-licensed drivers must be enrolled in the License Event Notification Service, and out-of-state license holders will be required to have a motor vehicle report filed with the fire district secretary/treasurer.

With the recent establishment of a drill team and auxiliary, the board of commissioners made it policy that all fundraisers need prior approval. With that policy in place, the board approved upcoming events for the drill team, including soda sales at the fire station, a peanut sale through Texas Roadhouse and a donation night at the Watertown restaurant July 15. The board also approved, pending the acquisition of a required health department permit and use of park permission, a family fun day by the Carthage Fire Department Auxiliary. The event, to include a barbecue and basket raffles, is proposed for Aug. 24.

The board granted approval for three new members of the Carthage Volunteer Fire Department; however, it denied approval for three others because of an incomplete initial process. Tyler Clemons, Jacob Walker and returning member David Rosanna were allowed to proceed with the probationary period.

Applications for Gary Romig, Michael Waring and Zachary Waring will have to be resubmitted.

In other business, the board:

Accepted the bid from Crowley & Halloran, Watertown, for professional auditing services for the year ending 2014 at a cost of $5,400. A bid also was received from Bowers & Co., Watertown, in the amount of $7,350.

Gave approval for the drill team to use the district’s pickup truck to transport equipment and members to the remaining four firematics tournaments, in Lake Placid, Copenhagen, West Carthage and Norfolk.

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