WARRENSBURG - Voters in the Town of Warrensburg may not be aware of it, but an election is coming up this week in which they have the power to choose a public official.
Up for election is one of five fire commissioners for the Town of Warrensburg.
This year, there's a contest.
Brian Engle, who's been a fire commissioner since 1999, is being challenged by Don Bagwell for a five-year term.
The vote is to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the Warrensburg Firehouse on Elm St.
All voters in the Town of Warrensburg who are registered as of Nov. 23, are eligible to cast a ballot.
Brian is a dispatcher for the Warren County Sheriff's Officer, for which he has worked for decades.
Don Bagwell, 54, is an entrepreneur from North Warrensburg, who joined the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. in May 2009. He is owner of Spruce Mountain Surplus, which markets military goods at shows and over the Internet.
Bagwell said he has no issue with the way Engle has served the public - he's running merely because he'd like to be part of the decision-making process for local fire protection over the next several years.
The fire commissioners are likely to be considering whether to build a new firehouse, and perhaps considering purchasing a new fire truck, which may cost $560,000 or so, Bagwell said.
"There are some interesting potential changes in fire service that are coming up, and I'd like to be on the board to help make decisions," he said.
Engle couldn't be reached as of Tuesday noon.
Besides Engle, existing Warrensburg Fire Commissioners are Jim Hull, Rick Hull, Rudy Squires, and Dave Spatz.
Although the Warrensburg Fire District covers portions of North Caldwell in the town of Lake George and other areas outside Warrensburg, only those voters duly registered as residents of Warrensburg, may vote in the fire district election, according to Kevin Geraghty, secretary of the district.