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Irondequoit town leaders map out action plan after DPW building fire

The town lost nine highway trucks and nearly lost an emergency cell tower in the Christmas Eve fire.

IRONDEQUOIT --- Town leaders in Irondequoit are now faced with concern from residents after a weekend fire destroyed millions of dollars in equipment.

The town lost nine highway trucks and nearly lost an emergency cell tower in the Christmas Eve fire.

“The services we sometimes don’t notice, we take for granted perhaps, but they really are the valuable services that we live and need in the community,” said Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley.

Services like snow, ice and sewage removal are necessities the town cannot afford to lose. Supervisor Seeley tells 13WHAM the town will not.

“Any municipality that has vehicles to spare, has offered them to us and we’ve certainly taken advantage of that offer,” Seeley said.

With a healthy fleet of about 55 trucks, the town of Greece reached out to offer their support Monday morning.

“It’s what we do here in Monroe County and as highway superintendents, we’ll always continue,” said Kirk Morris, Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Greece.

Insurance will likely take weeks to come through to cover the damages and rebuilding. On Monday, town leaders met to map out an action plan so that resources are in place when the next winter storm comes.

“Our job is to make sure that when the next event happens, we have a full fleet out there,” Seeley said.

An insurance claim could possibly increase premiums for town buildings, but Seeley said it’s too early to tell the outcome.

65 displaced employees are expected to work out of the vacant Helen McGraw Library in town.

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