Notice of Election

NOTICE OF ELECTION
IN SOUTH WALES FIRE DISTRICT NO. 1 TO APPROVE PURCHASE OF A FIRE
ENGINE AND THE ISSUANCE OF SERIAL BONDS

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of the South Wales Fire District No. 1 in the Town of Wales Erie County New York did on the 9th day of April 2018 adopted the resolution described in the following proposition and directed the said proposition be submitted to the general election of the qualified electors of the said Fire District, which election shall be held at the South Wales Fire Hall 6406 Olean Road, South Wales, New York, Erie County New York on the 8th day of May 2018 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for the purpose of voting on the following proposition:

Shall the resolution adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the South Wales Fire District No. 1 authorizing the expenditures of not more than $428,871 for the purchase of a fire engine financed in part by the issue of serial bonds and reserve funds, be approved.

RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of the South Wales Fire District No. 1 as follows:

  1. For the object or purpose of purchasing the fire engine, and to provide funds to defray the cost thereof, a maximum of $355,866.00 of the General Obligation Serial Bonds of the South Wales Fire District No. 1 shall be issued pursuant to the provisions of the Local Finance Law.
  2. The cost for the purchase of the fire engine is $428,871.00. The awarding of the
    contract for the said purchase was in accordance with provisions of General
    Municipal Law Section 103 Public Bidding. The compliance with General
    Municipal Law Section 103 is based upon the adoption of this resolution stating
    that for efficiency and economy there is need for standardization in the
    purchase contract of a Fire Vehicle. The specifications of the Fire Vehicle being
    purchased is similar to the specifications of existing Fire Vehicles owned and in
    operation by the Fire District.
  3. The plan for the financing of the purchase of the fire engine consists of the issuance of General Obligation Serial Bonds and the use of reserve funds
    established for the purchase of Fire Equipment. Financing consists of the issuance of General Obligation Serial Bonds in the maximum amount of $355,866.00 and the use of reserve funds in the amount of $73,005.00 totaling the purchase price of $428,871.00.
  4. It is determined that the period of probable usefulness of the fire engine is twenty
    (20) years, pursuant to Section 11.00(27) of the Local Finance Law. It is further
    determined that the maximum maturity of the serial bonds herein shall not exceed
    twenty (20) years.
  5. The faith and credit of said South Wales Fire District No. 1 located in the Town of
    Wales, County of Erie and State of New York are hereby irrevocably pledged to the payment of the principal of and the interest on such bonds as the same respectfully become due and payable. An annual appropriation shall be made in each year sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on said bonds becoming due and payable in each year. There shall annually be levied on all the taxable properties in said South Wales Fire District No. 1 a tax sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on such bonds as the same become due and payable.
  6. Subject to the provisions of the Local Finance Law, the power to authorize the
    purchase of the fire engine, and to authorize the issuance of and to sell bond
    anticipation notes in anticipation of the issuance and the sale of the serial bonds
    herein authorized, including renewals of such notes, is hereby delegated to the
    Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. Such notes shall be of such terms,
    forms and contents, and shall be sold in such manner as may be prescribed by the said Chairman, consistent with the provisions of the Local Finance Law.
  7. The validity of such bonds may be contested only if:
    (1) Such bonds are authorized for an object or purpose for which said District
    is not authorized to expend money, or
    (2) The provisions of law which should be complied with at the date of
    publication of this resolution are not substantially complied with, and an action,
    suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty (20) days
    after the date of publication, or
    (3) Such bonds are authorized in violation of the provisions of the
    Constitution.
  8. Pursuant to Local Finance Law Section 38, the purchase of the fire engine and
    issuance of serial bonds and the expending of current funds is subject to a
    mandatory referendum of the eligible voters within the South Wales Fire District
    No. 1, which election shall be held at the special election scheduled to be held on
    the 8th day of May, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to be held
    at the South Wales Fire Hall located at 6406 Olean Road, South Wales, New
    York.

Julie Wysocki
Secretary
South Wales Fire District No. 1

The Company

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The South Wales Fire Company, founded in 1928, currently provides fire protection and emergency medical services to portions of the Town of Wales and Town of Aurora. With a current active membership of 40, the fire company responds to an average of  200 alarms each year.

The South Wales Fire Company has fully trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), Intermediate EMT’s, and Certified First Responders who are equipped to handle all types of Emergency Medical and Rescue calls.  In addition, our EMS response is supplemented with a Rural Metro Paramedic backup.

Adopt A Fire Hydrant

Hydrant SnowAs the snow continues to fall and pile up, fire hydrants are becoming buried, which makes it difficult for firefighters to locate them in an emergency. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company asks our residents to please try and clear snow from around fire hydrants, and ensure that they are not buried in snow by snowplows or snowblowers.  Snow-covered fire hydrants cost valuable time when firefighters must locate and uncover them when responding to a fire call. 

Firefighters need plenty of room to maneuver around a hydrant. It takes a wrench as long as two feet to loosen the caps and firefighters generally need a couple feet of clearance all around a hydrant so they have room to work.

Fire departments across the country are asking local citizens to adopt a hydrant near their homes or workplaces and keep it clear of snow and visible to emergency services personnel at all times. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company urges our residents to do the same. Every second counts when fighting a fire and clearly visible fire hydrants in every neighborhood can save homes and lives.  Thank you for your help in keeping the South Wales fire district safe.