Fredonia mayor announces committee appointments

In an effort to examine various aspects of the village, Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis has announced select committees and its serving members.

A public works committee will see Trustees Doug Essek and Roger Britz Jr. working with Landis. The mayor said she’s working on a project to convert lights in the village to LED. Landis says she wants to continue to work on the project and acknowledged that Dunkirk is working on a similar endeavor.

“Maybe we can collaborate with them and maybe get a better price,” Landis said.

A parking lot and meter committee will assist the mayor in examining ways to redo the village’s two municipal parking lots. Trustees Kara Christina and Britz Jr. will serve on the committee.

Another committee will examine rental code and provide recommendations to the village Planning Board. Protecting the character and stability of residential areas is the goal, according to the mayor, who will chair the committee. Joining her will be Trustees Michael C. Barris and Britz Jr., Police Chief Brad Meyers, Code Enforcement Officer Charles LaBarbera and David Fridmann, planning board member.

Landis said she’d like to invite a representative from SUNY Fredonia as well. The committee will convene twice and will host an open forum with landlords about possible recommendations. Landis said she’d like recommendations in the hands of planning board members sometime in March.

“We need to find some kind of rules and regulations set by the village,” Landis said.

Members of a committee that will examine alcoholic beverage code will provide recommendation to the planning board on the consumption in certain public spaces. Landis said the committee’s goal is to update specific code so citizens and visitors can have an enjoyable time in specific, well defined areas. The committee is comprised of Christina, Essek, Meyers and Village Attorney Dan Gard. The committee will convene twice and hold an open forum to gather input from bar and restaurant owners. Landis said she’d like the committee to provide recommendations to the board by March.

Landis has also put a committee together to examine the possibility of consolidating village and town of Pomfret courts. The committee will be headed by Barris. Other members include Village Administrator Richard St. George, Meyers and Gard. Landis said the committee will also invite a representative from the town as well as a person from the courts. Landis said she’d like to have the findings presented to trustees by the end of March.

A downtown economic development committee will be formed with the goal to eventually form a local development corporation. Landis said the objective is to promote projects which will enhance the economic vitality of the village. Committee members include Britz Jr., Nathan Aldrich, community economic development specialist for the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Local Economic Development Committee, and business owners.