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Sep 12, 2011 9:22 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Amagansett Fire Department Looks To Purchase Neighboring Property

Sep 21, 2011 10:41 AM

Voters will decide next month whether the Amagansett Fire Department can purchase a property next to its firehouse for $2.8 million in order reserve it for the future construction of an ambulance facility.

The referendum will be held on Tuesday, October 4. Residents of the district can cast votes at the firehouse on Montauk Highway between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Fire Commissioner Jack Emptage said he and his fellow board members think the department might need to bulk up its volunteer emergency medical technician staff with paid responders and an additional ambulance in the future. If voters approve the purchase of the property, the department could construct a building there to house ambulances and serve as sleeping and eating space for emergency medical technicians, he said.

The two-acre property lies immediately to the west of the Amagansett Firehouse, and has been vacant since the Pacific East restaurant closed in recent years.

If the department purchases the property, firefighters will likely train in the former restaurant building, and eventually burn it down in a drill, Mr. Emptage said. The department could also use it for parking, he added.

The department will likely not build a new facility immediately, Mr. Emptage said, but the board of commissioners is looking to buy the property now because its price has dropped dramatically in recent years and interest rates are low. Recent listings price the property at $4 million, and it was once listed at about $6 million, he said.

“To our way of thinking, it’s going to be much more economically viable for our taxpayers to do it now than to wait a few years and then have someone else in there that we’d have to condemn the property and then pay a much higher price,” Mr. Emptage said. “Interest rates at that time, in all probably, will be significantly higher than they are now.”

The all-volunteer department has been overwhelmed with ambulance calls in recent summers, Mr. Emptage said. The department has two ambulances, each of which must be manned by three-person crews. “Call volume is through the roof,” he said.

The department will hold an information meeting on the proposal on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at the firehouse.

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Huh? What the heck is going on here? Where's ACAC? Sylvia Overby? Rona Klopman? The silence is deafening . .. truly!!!!!! Not from "Imagainstit" but ------ HUH???
By Board Watcher (533), East Hampton on Sep 15, 11 11:36 PM
This is decision for the Amagansett fire Commisioner to make not the ACAC. The Commissioners are the Legal BoDy created by the laws of the State of New York
By Trails (2), east hampton on Sep 21, 11 7:24 PM
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