Town of Victor gives OK to consolidated fire district for Fishers and Victor; village has yet to act

VICTOR — A proposed joint fire district that includes Victor and Fishers firefighters and resources is getting mixed signals from town and village officials, residents and firefighters.

At a joint public hearing Monday that included Victor village and town board members, a slew of firefighters and a handful of residents, comments were few, but opinions were far from united.

Town officials say they have all the data they need, and voted to move ahead on a proposed dissolution plan for the Victor Fire Protection District, which includes only the town and not the village of Victor. They also approved the establishment of a joint fire district, to be known as the Boughton Consolidated Fire District.

Village officials say they need more information before a decision can be made, and declined to vote Monday.

Firefighters want both entities to agree soon so they can get in on state funding before a July deadline.

And across the board people either loved the proposed name — Boughton Consolidated Fire District — because it gives a nod to local history. Or they found it confusing, because it offers no geographical reference.

Victor Assistant Fire Chief Mark Eifert said the Boughton name is a nod to history and tradition. The Boughtons were the first family to settle in Victor and the first to purchase land from the Senecas, and Victor was first known as Boughton Town, he said.  

Victor Fire Chief Sean McAdoo said the name was born out of a desire not to slight either existing fire companies, which have had a working collaboration for several years.

“There’s going to be a Victor Fire Company and a Fishers Fire Company,” said McAdoo. “We didn’t want to give any credibility to one over the other (in naming the fire district). Each of the volunteer companies will retain their own patch (emblem), but will add the patch of the district to which they belong.”

Likewise an identifying patch on the back of each fire truck would have the district logo, but retain their individual names, so no trucks would have to be repainted, he said.

Councilman Dave Tantillo said he’s in favor of the plan, but not the name, because it doesn’t make immediate sense to taxpayers.

“Last time I checked, we serve the residents,” said Tantillo. “We should solicit input on the name from residents. Did we do that? No. We just asked the firefighters.”

Mayor Gary Hadden emphasized the fact that Village Board members would not take a vote Monday.

“We plan on getting some information and getting it out to residents,” said Hadden. “Whatever the outcome is on the issue, I want them to be informed.”

A draft of the proposed consolidation agreement was available to attendees Monday on paper and online to everyone at

“Now we have something to go by,” said Hadden, referring to the newly released draft agreement. “But we do have some questions. I will be sitting down with the village attorney Tuesday to go over the proposed consolidation agreement.”

There were no comments from either village or town board members, and just one or two from residents.

Small business owner Laurie Lavery urged town and village officials to consider the cost of consolidation, especially to local businesses.

“It sounds like the big corporations at the other end of the road — Wilmorite and all the restaurants and Chili’s and Walmart — are going to get tax breaks,” said Lavery.

Meanwhile, all the local, privately owned businesses in Victor — “Apparel Printers Plus, Cretekos’ (Papa Jack’s Grill),” Victor Child Care, and “all the offices they’re trying to fill on Main Street” — they’re going to get hit with higher taxes, Lavery said.

“It’s going to be coming out of everybody’s individual pocket instead of the corporations and chains, who are what’s causing the cost in the first place,” she said. “I’m going to get hit either way — I live in the town and own the business in the village. It’s going to cost me probably another $1,000 a year.”

Following the public hearing, Town Board members approved the establishment of the Boughton Fire District, or another name to be decided upon in the future. It would encompass territory now served by the Victor Volunteer Fire Department and Fishers Fire Department, including the town and village of Victor and hamlet of Fishers. The creation of the district is now subject to permissive referendum.

The proposed dissolution plan for the Victor Fire Protection District, also approved by Town Board members Monday, will be passed only after a public hearing, which is set for Monday, Aug. 28.

If village officials ultimately agree, the Fishers Fire District would also need to approve dissolution and become part of the new joint district, which would be governed by a five-member board of fire commissioners.


There’s a difference

Fire district — A political, geographical entity with an elected governing body, administrative officers, and expenditure limitations; a fire district owns and maintains buildings and apparatus

Fire department — Volunteer and career firefighters who perform fire suppression and other related emergency services for a local jurisdiction; a fire department uses buildings and apparatus owned by the district