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Rotterdam fire companies pose costly dilemma

Proposals to improve stations shot down by voters

The Schonowe Firehall on Gordon Road Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The Schonowe Firehall on Gordon Road Friday.
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Dave Monroe doesn’t understand why the Schonowe Fire Department keeps asking for a new multi-million dollar station. He acknowledges the small brick firehouse he can see from his back window needs work and says he is more than supportive of modest improvements. But modesty isn’t the word he uses to describe the two proposals he’s voted against over the past six years. A plan pitched in 2006 would have roughly doubled the size of the ...

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JIMOCONNOR
January 6, 2013
8:35 a.m.

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I've never heard of attempted sarcasm dousing a grease or chimney fire. Your venom might, if it were properly directed.

justapto
January 6, 2013
11:15 a.m.

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It takes people not expensive palatial fire stations to put out fires. More attention should be put into attracting members.
Too many of these stations are competition or one ups mans ship between volunteer apartments. Add the cost of maintenance, utilities, insurance, care; the construction cost is only one expense.

cfield
January 6, 2013
11:22 a.m.

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Does each department need three chiefs vehicles, supplied with resident purchased gas? I saw a whole family of a Rotterdam department at Crossgates Christmas shopping. All the space in the SUV comes in hand for hauling gifts! And if each department has limited members why are we buying new fire trucks every other year for no one to ride them. Not to mention seeing the Carman and South Schenectday firemen going to Schenectady all the time!Time to clamp down on the cash cow!

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