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[UPDATE] Port Chester OKs New Fire Protection Deal with Rye Brook

Plan already OK'd by Rye Brook; Port Chester gets 2% annual increases from Rye Brook.

UPDATE (MONDAY, 7:50 P.M.) - Port Chester has approved a new five-year deal to provide fire protection services to its neighbor, the Village of Rye Brook.

In a 6-0 vote, the Port Chester village Board of Trustees approved the contract that calls for 2 percent annual increases in fees to Rye Brook for it to receive services of the Port Chester Fire Department.

Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla described the agreement, which has already been approved by Rye Brook, as a "win-win" for the two villages. He said described the annual increases to Rye Brook as reasonable, and noted that the fire department has been able to hold its annual increase in its expenses to under 2 percent.

Village Trustee Bart Didden praised the efforts of the fire department and village officials in developing the new contract.

Trustee Daniel Brakewood said the agreement is a good example of how municipalities can cooperate to provide a vital service to their communities and keep costs down.

Fees for 2013-2014 would be $933,292 and over the period of the contract rise in  2017-2018 to $1,010,225.

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Port Chester is getting ready to sign a new five-year deal to provide fire protection to the neighboring village of Rye Brook.

Village officials in Rye Brook approved the proposed contract on Jan. 22 in a 5-0 vote and the Port Chester village Board of Trustees is scheduled to review the package at its 7 p.m. session on Monday. The contract between the two municipalities has already received the backing of the Port Chester Fire Department and its members.

The contract would replace the existing fire protection contract that began Aug. 26, 2010 and is scheduled to expire on June 1, 2013. The contract covers basic fire protection levels and responsibilities, as well as details on liability and insurance needed by both villages.

The propals calls for Rye Brook to pay Port Chester annually - in three equal payments in - for fire protection, with the rates increasing each year for the next five years. Here are the rates:

- 2013-2014: $933,292

- 2014-2015: $951,958

- 2015-2016: $970,997

- 2016-2017: $990,417

- 2017-2018: $1,010,225

Port Chester's Fire Department, which in January 2013 responded to 84 calls, is staffed with a dozen paid firefighters with a large contingent of volunteer firefighters. It is led by a volunteer chief, Kevin McMinn, and volunteer officers.

William Demarest February 03, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Here's the run down for PCFD fire calls in 2012: Monthly Calls For : PORT CHESTER'S 2012 FIRE CALLS monthly Calls Jan 98 Feb 84 Mar 81 Apr 87 May 88 Jun 110 Jul 98 Aug 93 Sep 79 Oct 142 Nov 141 Dec 98 TOTAL 1199
Mlcougar2002 February 03, 2013 at 12:32 PM
The actual calls PCFD did in January was 84 Total... The Website will be corrected... Generally the calls the PCFD does in Rye Brook is 1/3 to 1/4 as a rough estimate to our calls for the year.
Robski48 February 03, 2013 at 02:01 PM
With a roughly 33-35 million dollar budget for PC, if we lose this "revenue" we will see a roughly 2.5-3% tax increase before the B of T even consider the rest of the budget. With only about 10 paid firemen and the rest volunteers, I think the village is making money on this contract. I do believe Rye Brook wants only to be associated with us when it's convenient for them, as PC Native mentioned above. It is evident with the fire contract and library (convenient) and the fact they dumped their affordable housing in our school district (inconvenient). Just points to ponder.
PC Native February 03, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Mayor Pilla & members of the PC Board of Trustees... If you are reading this, consider playing hardball with Rye Brook for once. Is approx $1M enough to charge for this service so there is substantial "profit" in it for PC? Let Rye Brook shop their fire protection around again. RuralMetro backfired on them, Purchase & Harrison don't have the volunteer power PC does. Apply some pressure because this area of fire protection services is probably the only place PC can leverage our clout compared to the legal & fiscally savvy Rye Brook that continues to beat PC on every other contentious topic. Thank you.
ANTC12 February 04, 2013 at 01:06 PM
The question that should be asked is how much of that money RB pays PC is actually used for the Fire Dept. and not just stuffed into General fund...

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