In its June meeting, the Bombay Town Council awarded funding to the fire company with the stipulation that the town retains control over the funds and that vouchers be filed and board permission obtained for purchases greater than $200.
“The money helped out with the fire department, getting them the equipment they need,” said Town Councilor Christopher Jock.
About $12,000 in compact funds was spent on a camera system at the municipal building and justice court, and a $5,000 security and fire-detection system will be installed at the Town Garage.
In a related issue, the town will use compact funds to hire an outside appraiser to determine the value of the property in dispute as part of a pending land-claims lawsuit filed by the Mohawks 32 years ago, seeking a return of certain parcels they say were carved from their reservation illegally.
The decision came following a request from County Treasurer Bryan Varin to determine a value on that land since the state, Mohawks and counties may be getting closer to resolving the issue.
Bombay will spend the rest of its 2013 compact money, about 50 percent, furthering a three-year plan for highway maintenance and improvements that will include equipment upgrades and sidewalk installation.
Another 30 percent will be dedicated to negotiating to tap into the Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas natural-gas pipeline that is being built to extend from St. Lawrence County into Franklin County at the Town of Moira.
The town is also looking to create a farmers-market site at the Rec Park, featuring goods from the local Amish population and other interested vendors.
“We’re hoping to put up a pavilion,” said Jock. In addition to serving as a farmer’s-market site, the pavilion could also be used for special events.
Bombay will also apply for a block grant for housing rehabilitation.