Agreement with firm approved for fire hall repair

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy Tarp covers a portion of the hose tower after high winds tore off exterior sheathing in February 2017. On Monday, board members approved to retain engineering services of Wendel Engineering for building assessment of the fire hall, plus an additional subcontractor for removal and repair of stucco siding.

With the Fredonia Fire Hall in need of repair, village trustees on Monday unanimously approved an agreement with an engineering firm to perform a building assessment, plus a subcontractor to remove and repair stucco siding.

The village board elected to go with Wendel Engineering, out of Williamsville, to perform professional services associated with a building assessment for $9,400. In addition, a subcontractor will remove and repair stucco siding for an amount up to $4,000.

In February 2017, high winds tore exterior sheathing on the backside of the hose drying tower. Engineers additionally found corrosion in the metal framing and water damage on the fiberglass batt insulation.

In addition to stucco repair on the hose tower, other damaged sections of the fire hall will also be replaced.

The fire hall on West Main Street is over 30 years old and has a history of building issues, particularly when it comes to moisture infiltrating the exterior stucco.

In other matters, trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Phyllis Jones, former trustee, to the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Jones, who was elected to office in 2013, served four years on the board. The board approved the resignation of Amy Noble as full-time police officer. Her last day will be March 3. In her resignation letter, Noble said she’s accepted a position with a new organization. Mayor Athanasia Landis said Noble will be missed.

“We thank Amy for her service,” Landis said.

Trustees approved a request from the Fredonia Italian Festival Committee to use Barker Common and the gazebo for the Italian Festival on Saturday, June 16 from noon to 9 p.m.

During a workshop, Trustee Doug Essek said he reached out to the offices of Assemblyman Andy Goodell and state Sen. Cathy Young in relation to potential funding opportunities for the emergency water line replacement project. The village is receiving a low-interest loan from the state. Essek said Young’s office provided him with a form that the village could apply for discretionary funding.

“If there’s any extra money that could be brought this way, anything at all, that would be helpful,” Essek said.

Landis said in order to apply, the village would have to be in the statewide system for grants. Landis said they’re now part of that where before they weren’t.

“It’s something maybe we can do,” Landis said.

In January, trustees approved an agreement with O’Brien and Gere to design a project that will see the replacement of seven sections of waterline. Approximately 9,600-linear feet of existing 4-inch and 6-inch unlined cast-iron pipe will be replaced. Areas that will see work include Carol, Pleasant and Lambert avenues, James Place, Middlesex Drive and Main Street.