Pomfret reappoints assessor

Kevin Muldowney will continue to serve as town of Pomfret assessor after the town board voted unanimously to approve him for a second full six-year term, which will begin Oct. 1.

“I think we are very fortunate to have someone with Kevin’s skill set serving in that regard,” Councilwoman Patricia Lynch Christina said Wednesday night. “Especially with handling some very difficult challenges to assessments within the town. He does a nice job protecting the town’s interests.”

Muldowney was first appointed to fill out a partial term for his predecessor. Supervisor Donald Steger made the motion to reappoint.

Wendel engineers Lauren Glose and Robert Klavoon were also on hand for the meeting to discuss updates on the North End Water District. Glose said as of the end of July, 65 percent of the main line for Phase I has been installed.

“We’ve done installation on the five town roads, Route 60 and Route 20 East,” she said. “There’s 65 new hydrants in the ground and we’ve also made several connections to the Fredonia water lines, in addition to putting in several of the meter pits. Rock continues not to be a major issue in the ground. Currently, one crew is working on Route 20 West. Starting in September, a second crew will be added for testing, flushing and chlorinating … of Route 60, Webster Road and Wilson Road.”

The engineers stressed anyone drawing water from the new lines who is experiencing problems in their water pressure should contact the town hall. Glose said crews are looking into two options to address the issue: either installing a pump station or installing pumps in the individual homes. Preliminary estimates on which option is more efficient will be presented at the next board meeting.

“I think we all want to remedy this as quick as possible because we’ve got people coming on the water and then going back off it and I don’t think that’s what any of us envisioned for this,” Councilwoman Ann Eckman said.

The board also accepted the resignation of Frank Lewandowski from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Steger thanked Lewandowski for his 23 years of service on the board. The seat was not filled during the meeting.

The contract between the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue and the town was renewed during the meeting, as well. The agreement allows the NCCR to travel to the Fredonia Animal Hospital and take adoptable dogs that have been impounded by the town and have not been claimed for at least five days. The agreement lasts one year, at which time it may be renewed again.

During Christina’s report to the board, it was announced that Judith Hefner would be appointed as volunteer for the town rabies clinics, pending proof of liability coverage.

Toward the end of the meeting, Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro said he would work with Highway Superintendent Dan Bigelow to address an issue regarding a water main break on private property on Route 83. The village of Fredonia informed the town about the matter, which has been ongoing for quite a while.

After receiving a petition from town residents, Bigelow also requested the board to approve him to pursue a speed reduction study on Concord Drive, which it did. Bigelow said it could take as little as two months to conduct the study.

“It all depends on how busy the (Department of Transportation) is,” he said. “I’m thinking it will take anywhere between two to six months.”

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the town hall. The board will also hold a workshop on Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. regarding a hydrofracking resolution for the county, the finalization of codes and any additional information on the water district.

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