Bob Simpson, a firefighter with the Adams Fire department is walking sideways between trucks as we talk to him on Saturday. He says it's because there just isn't enough space in the fire garage at the Adams Fire Station. That is why the fire department is holding an open house to show tax payers exactly why it should approve funding for a new garage, estimated to cost about 960,000 dollars.
"Safety is a big issue. Trucks are so close together that we're really concerned that one of our members are going to get injured by a fire truck responding,"
The Village board already agreed to borrow up to 1.2 million dollars in April. But in September, William Dow the head of the planning board collected enough signatures in a petition for a referendum. Now the village must wait for it's tax payers to vote on the issue on election day to see if the village can borrow the money.
We were unable to get in touch with the head of the planning board for comment but one planning board member says if that much money is going to be spent, villagers should be able to vote on the issue.
"I want the village to be able to pay their debt and the village people to pay their taxes without being over burdened," said Tom Williams, planning board.
Simpson says he doesn't want tax payers to be burdened either. He says the Village has already put aside money to make payments on the garage.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, Watertown, NY