Poland Town Board Recognizes Falconer Fire Chief For Heroics

Pictured, from left, are County Legislator John Davis, Charlie Piazza with his commendation, Town of Poland Supervisor Kelly Snow. In back is Town of Poland Councilmen Corey Swanson, Terry Walker, Norm Gustafson and Stevan Hatfield. Photo by Rose Mary Carver

POLAND — County Legislator John Davis read a commendation from the County Legislature to the Falconer fire chief who helped save a woman from a burning home. Davis read the commendation to Charles Piazza during a recent meeting of the Poland Town Board.

Piazza was first on the scene, along with sheriff’s deputy Stephen Madonia, and the two entered the burning home and saved the resident along with her dogs. The legislature commended Piazza for his efforts and stated that he brought honor to his department, all first responders and the county with his service on May 12.

The board and all those present gave Piazza a standing ovation as he was presented with his commendation. Davis noted that the community is very fortunate to have such first responders in the area.

Following an executive session, the board returned to old business. Supervisor Kelly Snow told the board that she had not received the paperwork yet from Southern Tier West to apply for a grant. She contacted their official, and he said he would get it out to her. Mr. Mee said he had still heard no news on the railroad crossing repair on Route 62.

Under new business, Snow announced that Dennis Stornes has been appointed to the Planning Board. Also, a resolution was passed to take out a Bond Anticipation Note for the purchase of a 2019 Mack truck for the Highway Department. The note for $217,445 for the GR64F truck will be not longer than five years. The truck has an anticipated useful life of 15 years.

Snow read a letter she had received from a town resident about problems that continue on Mee Road. One section of the road continues to settle, and the resident noted that there have been accidents in the area. Trees have been starting to lean because of the ground settling as well. The resident said they would be willing to help with grant applications to get the road repaired.

Highway Superintendent Larry Mee had received a copy of the letter as well. He said that the problems started when a state road was closed for a while and people discovered that Mee Road could be a shorter path than the designated detour. The road was never meant for such heavy vehicular traffic, Mee said. When he researched possible grants to do repair work, he found that there were none for this type of project.

Mee stated that the town would have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a study done, and then have an engineer or company draw up a plan to have the work done. After it was finished, there would be no guarantee that the project would solve the problem with the road.

Mee informed the board he had received word from New York state that they will do milling on Route 394 from Falconer to Randolph in August. It would be blacktopped by fall. The millings are reused, and local towns and communities get some of them. Mee stated that they have been able to use them in various areas of the town over the year.

The Town Board will meet next on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall in Kennedy.