$160K bond passes, with another ‘nay’ from Ruckman

After failing its first attempt at passage, a $160,000-maximum serial bond resolution for the purchase of various trucks for Fredonia’s Department of Public Works recently passed during a second attempt by the village board – with Trustee Marc Ruckman once again the only trustee voting “nay” on the measure.

The village board failed to pass the bond resolution last month when Ruckman cited a lack of information as his reasoning to vote against it. Trustee Susan Mackay was not present to vote on the matter at that time. Four “aye” votes were required for the resolution to pass.

“Before you come into a meeting, it would be nice to have information and, unfortunately, we don’t get it until the day of the meeting usually,” Ruckman said when asked about his first “nay” vote. “And that’s with all of it, not just this matter.”

Ruckman also said prior to voting the first time he thought the price tag of the bond, which covers one medium-sized dump truck and three pickups (all of them new), was too steep. Trustee Joseph Cerrie pointed out to him the $160,000 is “the ceiling to the total cost,” meaning the trucks may come in at a lower amount.

Mackay asked DPW Supervisor Jack Boland for additional details on the vehicles before she voted in favor of the resolution.

“The pickups (we will be replacing) will probably be going to the boneyard; they don’t run any more and the dump truck barely runs …,” Boland said, adding the new dump truck will replace the village’s current 1991 Chevrolet Kodiak low-profile dump truck. “The price we’re talking for a (dump) truck we’re buying doesn’t include plow equipment; you’ve got to add another $20,000 for that.”

Mackay also pointed out the money for the vehicles was already budgeted for this past year.

The bond resolution is subject to permissive referendum, meaning a petition may be presented to the board within about a month of the resolution’s legal notice posting in order to commence a public vote on the matter.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Stephen Keefe announced the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is requesting permission to install a flat-screen monitor on the lobby wall outside the Opera House entrance. The monitor and its installation would be donated by DFT Communications as part of its annual Opera House sponsorship.

No action was taken by the board on the monitor.

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