Constable Volunteer Firemen, Inc.

Proudly serving Constable and surrounding areas since 1952.

Minutes of the First Meetings

THE VERY FIRST MEETINGS OF THE CONSTABLE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN READ AS FOLLOWS:

The First Meeting was held on October 22, 1951.

Officially named the Constable Volunteer Firemen. Harold R Fleury appointed chairman and Robert Fleury as secretary of the meeting. Appointed Chief was Fred Florio, by unanimous vote. Appointed Assistant Chief was Eldred Fleury, by unanimous vote. Appointed Treasurer was William McGeachie, by unanimous vote.

The town board to furnish initial truck, tank and pump plus heated storage for same.

Discussion on pump types, nothing decided.

Insurance for Volunteer's discussed.

Milford Sullivan to be asked to join before next meeting.

Nelson Slocum appointed driver.

Siren to be placed on Town Hall. Switch to be enclosed in box with telephone on outside of building.

Cards to be made up with phone numbers of all Firemen listed. These to be delivered house to house throughout the Town by the Volunteers. This will be a means of imforming the people of what we are trying to do and also give everyone a chance to donate to the cause.

Next meeting to be held in the same place on December 6, 1951.

Motion to adjourn by Eldred Fleury, Seconded by Peter Fountain.

Members present----Lawrence Fleury, Nelson Slocum, Peter Fountain, Eldred Fleury, Lawrence Barney, Otto Parin, Clarence Berry, William McGeachie, Harold R Fleury, Fred Florio, Robert Fleury.

The second meeting was held on December 6, 1951.

Procure cards from American Legion for notification of meetings etc. to members.

Motion made and seconded to contact taxpayers on signing petition and to ask for donations and /or pledges to the organization.

Solicitors mentioned---Eight men needed:

  • Northeast: Fountain St., Poplar St., Covey Town Road, Lawrence Barney and Peter Fountain.
  • Northwest: Beginning at Talon's store down the State route to Trout River and Westville Road, Hughes road, Sand St., O'Connell road, Eldred Fleury, Lawrence Fleury, Milford Sullivan.
  • Southwest: Constable-- Westville Road starting at Harold Stewart's, Dinnen road, Mrs. Taylor road, Town line road to Lawrence Barney, Willard Badore road, Washburn road, Harold L Fleury and Otto Parin.
  • Southeast: Beginning at Tallon's house--Maple St. to Town line, Irish St., and William's road, the Chateaugay Cement road and the County road: Fred Florio and George Williams.

Harold Stewart to distribute forms by Monday the 10th.

The New York C.R.R., New York State Electric and Gas Corp., New York Telephone Co., Hollis Thomas. Harold R Fleury

Meeting called for Monday night the 17th of December. Secretary to send cards notifying members.

Motion to adjourn meeting by George Williams and seconded by Harold Fleury.

The Third meeting was held on December 17, 1951.

New members added.

59.5% of assed[sic]  valuation have signed petition.

Solicitors turned in money and pledges from canvas. Money and pledges counted and accepted. Motion to accept as is by J Harold Stewart and seconded by Nelson Slocum.

Motion made and seconded to invite Graham Fire and Engine Co. and get the details on equipment available in 1500 to 3500 class.

Motion made by J Harold Stewart to get legal advice as needed to explain technicalities of laws pertaining to fire district etc., seconded by Fred Florio.

Petitions to be presened to Town Board for approval.

Chairman to get legal advise[sic] on what the Town Board can do.

Motion made by Milford Sullivan and seconded by J. Harold Stewart to use Citizens Bank for business, in the name of William McGeachie, Treasurer of the Constable Fire Protection Association.

Motion to adjourn by Doug Hunter and seconded by Henry Maloney.

The Fourth meeting was held on January 2, 1952.

Motion made by Peter Fountain for the Town Board to contribute $ 500.00 annually for a five year period. Seconded by William McGeachie.

Motion made and seconded by Wayne Fleury and Don Harwood to accept Harold Fleury's motion to appoint 5 or 6 men to present the problem of money to the Town Board: Appointees: J Harold Stewart, spokesman; William McGeachie, Treasurer; Harold R Fleury; George Williams; Jon D Shea; Steve Washburn; James Dibble.

Motion made by William Fleury Jr. and seconded by Harold L Fleury to prepare a statement to present to the Town Board in respect to the amount of money to be raised.

Motion made to send Robert Fleury, William McGeachie, John Shea, and Harold Fleury to Boston to see the truck on January 13th. Money to be furnished for our down payment. We are to use our best judgement on this equipment. Motion made and seconded to furnish expenses by WIlliam McGeachie.

Motion to adjourn made by Henry Maloney and seconded by Peter Fountain.

Note: Charges to Boston, J T Gordon, person to person $2.19

The Fifth meeting was held on January 28, 1952.

Absentees--Fleury Wayne G

Certificate presented to be signed by original 25 volunteers. All those original 25 present signed.

Minutes of last meeting (Jan. 2) read and discussed.

Minutes of last meeting read and approved by motion of Fred Florio and seconded by Peter Fountain.

Motion made by Steve Washburn to accept the name of Constable Volunteer Firemen's Association as the official registered name of this organization, seconded by Peter Fountain.

Motion made by Robert Fleury and passed by unanimous vote to buy a 1940 Chevrolet truck from Lawrence Fleury.

Motion made to work on truck Monday night February 4th at Lawrence Fleury garage. Men to work on truck--- Milford Sullivan, Francis Welch, Henry Maloney, Eldred Fleury, Robert Fleury, Douglas Fleury. Tuesday night--- Fred Florio, Peter Fountain, Sid Lafayette, Clarence Berry, Bud Fountain.

Motion was made to have Harold Stewart contact Carl Wilbur on Oyster supper. Get menu made out and determine price of tickets for the 15th of February. Get opinion on price.

Next meeting called for 6th of February. Meeting adjourned by motion of Milford Sullivan and seconded by Robert Fleury.

The Sixth meeting was held on February 4th, 1952.

Committee appointed to go to Plattsburg to see jeep pumper. (Cancelled)

The Seventh meeting was held February 11th, 1952.

Motion made and seconded that Harold R Fleury act as chairman of this meeting.

Cards to be sold at clothes check paint on socks. 52 cards at $.75. Lawrence Barney to furnish socks.

Appointment---three men to check coats, Mickey Connors, Bud Fountain, Lloyd Fleury.

Motion made and seconded that Lawrence Barney, Peter Fountain, and Robert Fleury be appointed to work Friday afternoon also Harold Stewart.

William McGeachie appointed to sell tickets at the door.

Harold Stewart appointed to handle money on supper, pay bills, and turn balance over to the treasurer.

Letter to be written to Adams, New York. Erwin Graves, Adams, New York. Get information as to what is available for equipment.

Business Certificate (doing business under assumed name--Constable Volunteer Firemen's Association) received this date and approved. Motion made by J Harold Stewart and seconded by Fred Florio to place one copy file at County Clerk's office and Town Clerks office.

The Eighth meeting was held March 6th, 1952.

Chairman for this meeting appointed, Henry Maloney.

Read letters from Buffalo and Adams, N.Y., concerning trucks.

George Williams made motion and seconded by Henry Maloney to purchase stationary and envelopes from Eldred Fleury for $5.00. To be ordered by Robert Fleury.

Report on supper--net profit $ 212.55. Money turned over to treasurer. 205 dinners served. Money received as is and checked by treasurer.

Motion made and seconded to accept receipts and records as is.

Motion made by George Williams and seconded to have all officers attend open hearing Monday 13th and sign contract at that time.

Motion made by William McGeachie and seconded by Fred Florio to appoint J Harold Stewart as President of Association, effective this date. All voted in favor.

Original comittee to attend public hearing on March 13th.

Motion made by William McGeachie and seconded by Fred Florio that any 4 members will be allowed to spend up to $50.00 for incidentals without holding a meeting.

The Ninth meeting was held March 14, 1952.

Reason for meting[sic}-- to have the members agree to incorporate so that the Corporation can enter into a contract with the Town.

Board resolution made by George Williams and seconded by Fred Florio to incorporate Constable Volunteer Firemen's Association under the laws of New York State,-- Unanimous vote.

Meeting called for Tuesday night at 8 pm at Town Hall.

Names to be used on incorporation application, Constable Volunteer Firemen Inc.-- J Harold Stewart, William McGeachie, Fred Florio. Harold R Fleury, Robert J Fleury, Lawrence E Barney Sr.

Name authorized by unanimous vote. Motion made by Robert Fleury and seconded by George Williams. CONSTABLE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN INC.

Motion made by Robert Fleury and seconded by Fred Florio to adjourn.

The Tenth meeting was held on March 24, 1952.

Chairman appointed this meeting, Fred Florio.

Roll call taken.

Discussion on pumps (power take off)

Motion to vote by secret ballot on this issue by Lawrence Barney seconded by Robert Fleury.

Vote unanimous to spend $400.00 on auxiliary truck. Buy $ 85.00 pump --etc.

Motion made by Harold Stewart and seconded by George Williams to have Harold Fleury continue the work on auxiliary truck in the amount of $400.00.

Discussion on means of raising more money.

Spaghetti dinner for Thursday the 24th of April. J Harold Stewart appointed to handle tickets.

Motion made by Doug Fleury to limit the times to three that any member can miss a meeting without a legitimate excuse. After that he will be dropped from the rolls and a new name added, seconded by Otto Parin.

Meeting called for April 8, 1952.

Tickets will be available on April 1st at Stewart's office.

Motion made to sell children's tickets at the door.

Motion made by Lawrence Barney to adjourn seconded by Robert Fleury.

The Eleventh meeting was held on April 8, 1952.

Chairman of this meeting appointed, Fred Florio.

Motion made by Robert Fleury and seconded by Eldred Fleury to have Milford Sullivan purchase 2 doors and hood for truck.

Papers of incorporation received today from Department of State, approved and filed by State.

Officers and Directors of corporation to be elected this meeting. Robert Fleury teller.

  • J Harold Stewart nominated by William McGeachie and seconded by Harold R Fleury for President, No other nominations and no objections.
  • Harold R Fleury nominated by J Harold Stewart and seconded by Fred Florio for Vice President. No other nominations and no objections.
  • Robert J Fleury nominated by Otto Parin and seconded by Otto Parin and seconded by Milford Sullivan for Secretary. No other nominations and no objections.
  • William McGeachie nominated by Fred Florio and seconded by Harold R Fleury for Treasurer. No other nominations and no objections.
  • Fred Florio nominated by J Harold Stewart and seconded by Peter Fountain for Fire Chief. No other nominations and no objections.
  • Eldred Fleury nominated by Harold R Fleury and seconded by Milford Sullivan for Assistant Fire Chief. No other nominations and no objections. Motion made by Peter Fountain and seconded by Lawrence Fleury to have all four and Chief and Assistant Chief act as Directors of the Corporation.
  • Motion made by Otto Parin and seconded by Eldred Fleury to appoint Peter Fountain as a director of the Corporation. No objections.
  • Motion made by Lawrence Fleury and seconded by Eldred Fleury to appoint Otto Parin as a director of the Corporation.

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