A fire commissioner in Monsey, where they recently voted to shut off the whistle that sounds to alarm volunteers of a fire, has subdivided property he owns next door to the Brewer Fire Engine Company to build ten housing units there. Volunteers have expressed opinions about the subject, saying that commissioner Joseph Jacob should have abstained from voting, since he stood to benefit financially from the whistles going quiet. According to records jacob was approved to build a three family home on 10,000 sq. foot plot of land and three apartments on another 14,000 sq. foot lot. The vote took place after residents recently complained about the loud alarms, which many say are not necessary and are a nuisance to the community. Monsey Fire Chief Richard LaGarde stated that already several volunteers have missed calls having to rely on their pagers, which have limited services in some areas. The commissioners will be meeting Thursday to discuss the issue.
Monsey Fire Whistle Controversy Continues
March 5, 2014 By