Yet another heated exchange between Wheatland Town Chairman Bill Glembocki and Fire Chief Lou Denko at the Monday Town Board meeting accentuated the tension surrounding the effort to design a new firehouse.
Both acknowledged an unwillingness to back down, but in the end agreed to meet this week in an attempt to move forward.
It was the first public meeting since the Feb. 18 nonbinding referendum seeking support for a $3.8 million plan. Of the 734 residents who voted, 426, or 58 percent, voted against the measure.
Those in attendance Monday agreed it was an abysmal turnout.
“Only one-third of the registered voters turned out,” resident Brian Boeckenstedt said. “That is ridiculous. I don’t know why people wouldn’t go out and vote.”