The Ogdensburg Council at its Nov. 9 meeting authorized a $500,000 purchase of firefighting apparatus.
The council unanimously agreed to buy the apparatus, contracting with HME, Inc., through the Houston-Galveston Area Council Cooperative Program. Councilman John Cruz was absent.
The council also unanimously agreed to enter into a shared service agreement with Sussex County, for the county fire marshal to enforce fire safety and inspections in Ogdensburg.
Mayor George Hutnick said the borough is shifting to the county because the current fire marshal for Ogdensburg, Kevin Kervatt, is retiring on Jan. 1.
FBLA veterans project
Brian Hall, representing Wallkill Valley Regional High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter, said their project this year will focus on honoring area veterans from the four sending districts: Franklin, Hardyston, Ogdensburg, and Hamburg.
He said their chapter plans to create lawn signs, 18 by 24 inches, including a picture of the veteran, his or her rank, branch, and number of service years, at around $25 each. Members would also like to hold a ceremony on Memorial Day weekend 2021 in each town.
Hall asked the council for information about veterans in Ogdensburg, and if the borough would like to partner with them.
Hutnick asked Hall to present the plan in writing. He said he will work on a possible donation plan and forward the information to retired police chief George Lott.
Hutnick recommended the ceremony take place at the firehouse field, with its flagpoles and surrounding garden. It would be a good public location for the signs, he said, allowing everyone driving by to see them.