Making it official

Three officials were sworn in by Fredonia Village Administrator Richard St. George at Monday’s village board meeting.

Phyllis Jones begins her first term as a trustee on the Fredonia Village Board. Susan Mackay returns to the board after serving as trustee from 2003-2011. Long-time village justice David Prince was re-elected to another term of office after running unopposed.

A motion was passed by the board to reappoint officials to their positions. The employees are: Richard St. George, Administrator (Clerk-Treasurer); Samuel Drayo, Jr., Village Attorney; Jack Boland, Streets Commissioner; John Monaco, Chief Inspection Officer, Building Inspector, Zoning Enforcement Officer; Thomas Battaglia, Parks and Recreation Director; Bradley Meyers, Fredonia Police Chief; and Betsy Sly, Chief Sewage Plant Operator. This motion was made by Janel Subjack and seconded by Susan Mackay. Although it seemed like the motion had passed unanimously, after the meeting trustee Marc Ruckman let Richard St. George know he had opposed the motion.

Reached by telephone, Ruckman said that he wanted to make St. George aware of his negative vote so minutes of the meeting would be correct.

When asked for a reason for his negative vote, he said, “I will give a reason, but I am not ready to give one tonight.”

The board agreed to correct the assessment of property owned by Dunkirk and Fredonia Telephone in the village, in line with an order of settlement and stipulation of settlement. The value of the property is reduced to a total assessed value of $343,570 for tax years 2012 and 2013. In the years following, the assessment is further reduced to $242,520. In the workshop session, Village Attorney Drayo noted that this settlement does not require a refund by the village.

Two requests for use of village property for charitable purposes were approved.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House received permission to use Barker Common for a tent sale fundraiser to support the presentation of the Bach and Beyond Music Festival. The sale will be held on Saturday June 8. The group is responsible for clean up and is subject to the direction of the police department.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society received permission to hold a Fredonia Walk MS on May 19 using various village sidewalks subject to the direction of the police department. The village has received a certificate of insurance in the amount of $1 million naming the village as an additional insured.

A public hearing was held on the proposed budget. No one spoke.

At the end of the meeting, board members said they missed the former trustee who usually made the last motion of the night. Board members asked Jones, who had neither made nor seconded a motion at her first meeting, if she would like to make a motion.

“What motion?” she asked. She then realized that adjournment was the motion, laughed at herself, and moved the meeting be adjourned.

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