Controversy Brews Over Dexter Municipal Building

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The for sale sign is still up.

The village of Dexter still wants to move out of the municipal building and sell it.

The Dexter Fire Department still wants to buy it.

But there's friction.

In a lengthy letter to the residents of Dexter, Dexter Fire Department veteran Gerry Kostyk said he has never seen the village board, "I hate to put it bluntly, kick the fire department out of a building the department helped to build and maintain."

And Kostyk says if a deal can't be reached, the department will likely have to pull its equipment from the building - something the village assured them in 2011 it wouldn't have to do.

"We are not kicking the fire department out. We're still hoping to make a deal with the fire district," said Dexter Mayor James Eves.

The Dexter Fire Department isn't doing the negotiating.

The fire commissioners of the Town of Brownville Joint Fire District, whose offices are at the Brownville fire hall, are.

Right now, the mayor characterizes talks as a stalemate.

"I think it'll work out," said Eves.

"I think it's in the village's best interest. I think it's in the fire district's best interest, the fire department's (best interest)," said Bill Archer, fire district chairman.

As of now, the two sides are $40,000 apart, but it's still a deal that they both say they want.

Friday, November 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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