Eight volunteer firefighters are going to the 17th Annual Chautauqua County Weekend at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls in September, and Fredonia has agreed to pay half of their traveling expenses.
At a recent regular meeting of the Fredonia village board, the trustees passed a resolution to pay half of the volunteer costs, not to exceed $720. The other half of expenses is to be paid by volunteers.
The meeting will feature a fire prevention and life safety education workshop, an introductory course for individuals who will be conducting training, structural collapse operations and other lectures and classes. The weekend is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Fire Chiefs Association.
In other business, it was resolved to sell a 50- by 78-foot parcel of vacant land between Canadaway Creek and Forest Place to Richard Gugino, who lives near the property, for $650. The village reserves a perpetual easement and right-of-way on the property, and the new owner, heirs and assigns will not be permitted to construct any buildings on the land. It was noted during the workshop portion of the meeting Gugino already maintains the property.
During the workshop, Mayor Stephen Keefe was asked what became of discussions between the village and City of Dunkirk regarding the use of the trolley to take residents back and forth to events in Dunkirk. Keefe said the trolley is undergoing repairs.
"It was kind of a surprise, because it sounded better than ever this year when we first took it out. You know, it always had this kind of rumble sound, but it didn't this year, but now it needs to have some work," Keefe said.
In the regular meeting, Keefe was authorized to sign a letter of agreement to enter into contract with O'Brien & Gere Engineering of Syracuse for engineering services related to optimizing removal of total organic carbon at the water filtration plant. The project is not to exceed $35,500 according to the June 22 proposal accepted by the village.
The mayor was also authorized to enter into an agreement with Clark Paterson Lee, Design Professionals, of Buffalo to develop a flow and management plan for the wastewater treatment facility. The project is not to exceed $5,500 as outlined in the July 12 proposal accepted by the village.
Permission was granted to the FestivalsFredonia Committee to use the west side Barker Common Park including the gazebo, and to bag parking meters around the perimeter of Barker Common for the Harvest Moon Cemetery Tour on Oct. 19 and 20 from 6 p.m. until midnight.
Permission was also granted to the committee to use the gazebo for the annual Miracle on Main Street on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The trustees also resolved to forward petitions to county court for assessment reduction from both Dunkirk & Fredonia Telephone Company and LLN, LLC, doing business as Lucky Lanes, to the Town of Pomfret, which is the assessing authority. The village asked the town to "protect the interest of the Village of Fredonia" regarding the matter.