Fredonia renews fire contract with Pomfret

The village of Fredonia has approved a two-year extension of its fire protection district contract with the town of Pomfret.

During Monday’s special meeting, the village board passed a resolution regarding the extension, which is set to take effect Jan. 1.

Under the contract extension’s terms, which are the same as the existing contract, Pomfret is required to pay $420,000 in the first year and $425,000 for the second year. Those numbers break down to $357,000 on March 1, $63,000 on Aug. 1, $360,000 on March 1, 2015 and $65,000 on Aug. 1, 2015.

The charge for fire protection services is based on the amount of the taxable assessed valuation of the town outside of village limits, according to the resolution. Village Administrator Richard St. George said the cost in the first year of the extension is an increase of $13,000 for the town, which paid $407,000 this year for services.

The resolution requested the Pomfret Town Board send a response regarding the contract by Nov. 30. The contract is also subject to approval by the Fredonia Fire Department.

Also during the meeting, the board approved Halloween trick-or-treating hours from 4 to 8 p.m. in the village and the town. The annual costume parade will take place on Saturday starting at 1 p.m., with a rain date of Monday at 6 p.m.

The board also passed a resolution for a Halloween costume run on Sunday in West Barker Common from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The run, which will begin on Old Main Drive on the SUNY Fredonia campus and end at Barker Common, is restricted to sidewalks only and is sponsored by the SUNY Fredonia Rotaract Club.

Proceeds will be donated to the Fredonia Rotary Club’s refurbishment of the Barker Common Gazebo. Musical entertainment will be provided.

The board approved the United States Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with its streambank erosion protection project for Canadaway Creek, which will be located on village property in the town of Dunkirk. The purpose of the project is to prevent further erosion and a possible collapse of the village’s sewer main due to erosion.

“This project will take place over near the County Home,” St. George said. “This is a revetment project where they’re going to bury stones so that when the stream meanders toward the sewer pipe, it will keep the water in the bank and away from the pipe. The pipe carries village sewage to the wastewater treatment plant.”

St. George said the cost of the project will be around $1 million, with a local share estimated at $300,000. The exact amount will be determined once a bid is awarded for the project.

A resolution approved by the board stated the total amount of unpaid village taxes for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is $126,372, with almost $8,500 of that amount in penalties. The total amount must be forwarded as part of a report to the Chautauqua County Director of Finance.

A resolution was passed that provides for the financing of a garage roof at the Fredonia Water Treatment Plant (at a cost to be set by a bidding process), the replacement of valves at the Webster Road water storage tank (at a cost not to exceed $33,000) and debris removal for the south flocculation/coagulation basin and clear well (at a cost not to exceed $13,000). This was a re-appropriation of funds in the budget for a generator at the Webster Road water tank.

A second re-appropriation resolution was also approved that provides for the financing of two pickup trucks at the Department of Public Works in an amount not to exceed $40,000. That money was transferred from funds intended for a patching roller.

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