Well repairs, firefighter contract on Onset Fire District Special Meeting agenda

Nov 10, 2017

The Onset Fire District’s Special District meeting is scheduled for Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. when voters will consider transferring funds for a repaired well and a new contract for firefighters.

The meeting will be held in the Dudley L. Brown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, located at 4 Gibbs Ball Park Road. All registered voters living in the Onset Fire District may participate.

The Onset Fire District Prudential Committee on Thursday recommended passing all Special District Meeting agenda items.

Voters will be asked to transfer $36,830 from the district’s free cash account to pay for emergency well repairs made this summer.

Ben Hughes, Board of Water Commissioners chair, said repairs were needed after tests revealed high levels of the bacteria coliform. Additionally, the well’s casing was cracked and required “extensive rehabilitation,” said Hughes.

“We had to get it done,” said Hughes.

He noted the funds are available and that voters just need to approve a transfer.

Prudential Committee members also recommended approving a three-year contract for four firefighters – two captains, the district’s fire inspector and one full-time firefighter.

The firefighters are slated to receive a 2 percent salary increase this year, a 2.5 percent increase for the second year and a 3 percent increase in the third year of the contract.

Prudential Committee Chair Charles Klueber described the new contract as fair. He added that during the contract’s first year the total increase amounts to $4,964 for all four firefighters.

Regarding the meeting’s date – just two days before Thanksgiving – district Clerk/Treasurer Mary McCoy said officials had to schedule it on that day. Under state law, the firefighter contract must be approved 30 days after the initial signing.

“We had no choice,” said McCoy. “It’s just the way the dates fell.”