Fredonia village board denies roller purchase

The village of Fredonia will not be receiving a new patching roller – at least not yet. The Fredonia Village Board defeated a resolution to issue a bond for $47,000 to purchase a double drum vibrating roller.

“That is to replace the patching roller. They’re having a hard time getting the parts,” Village Administrator Richard St. George said.

The amount that was budgeted for the roller is included in this year’s village budget, according to Mayor Stephen Keefe. In order to pass the resolution, a majority vote of two thirds is required or four votes in favor, said Village Attorney Sam Drayo.

All the trustees voted in favor of the resolution with the exception of Trustee Marc Ruckman who voted no; trustee Phyllis Jones was absent from the meeting. With the resolution being voted down, Keefe said the village will address the issue again at a later village board meeting. The Fredonia Village Board will bring up the resolution at another time.

The village board also approved a contract between the village and Enhanced Management Services, Inc., to provide ambulance billing services. The company will work with the village to bill insurance companies of residents who are transported by ambulance through the Fredonia Fire Department. The village will pay a $20 service fee for each trip and the contract is for a one-year term renewing annually. Ruckman also voted no to this resolution.

The village board also approved Kirk Miller as a full-time firefighter/AEMT for the fire department. The Rev. Cynthia Wickwire of the Fredonia Presbyterian Church invited the village board to take part in Feeding Fredonia Challenge to take place in mid-October. The village board approved the Red, White and Blues Festival to take place Sept. 5 and 6 with the Taste of Fredonia on Sept. 6. Rockin’ The Commons will be held in Barker Common on Saturday, Sept. 27. The fire department responded to 140 calls during June.

Keefe also thanked Susan Muscato, the Fredonia football team and coaches for varnishing benches in downtown Fredonia. Bob Scudder of Fredonia Hardware donated all the materials for the work.

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