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FREDONIA WILL HIKE WATER RATES TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT INCREASE TO TAKE EFFECT JUNE 1

Water rates will increase 25 percent to $1.25 per 1,000 gallons effective June 1 as the necessary legislation was approved by the Village Board at Monday night's meeting.

Board members said the increase will generate about $30,000 to $35,000 to be used for paying off bonds for new water lines. The general fund has not been subsidizing the water fund as much as the sewer fund, Trustee Robert Gloor said.

Rates for the Fredonia State College are set by contract with the state and will not be affected by this increase. Rates for the Town of Pomfret Water District will also increase to double those of the village, as per contract.

During the discussion of water, the board announced that hydrant flushing will begin in June.

Seneca Hawk Inc. of Hamburg was awarded an $8,288 contract for the construction of a suspended ceiling at the water filtration plant.

The board approved the annual Firemen's Fund Drive that will seek donations from businesses Saturday through June 3 and from residents June 4 through 9.

The board also approved a resolution opposing an Assembly bill to restrict the authority of local boards of election in determining who qualifies as a resident for voting purposes. The state Conference of Mayors and Other Municipal Officials recommended that local governments oppose the legislation.

Police Chief Daniel Johnson will study the parking situation on the west side of Temple Street north of Maple Avenue and report on the Maple Avenue parking situation.

Finally, the board in a 3-2 vote, decided to have only one meeting a month in July and August. Mayor Louis C. Mancuso cast the deciding vote, the first time he has voted in a couple of years, he said. Trustee Raymond Beach was absent.

Trustees Roger Britz and Celia Bechmann opposed the change from two meetings to one and Trustees Michael Sullivan and Gloor were in favor.

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