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A task force will study the use of the 911 emergency system and may come up with an alternative phone number for calls that are not "life or death," Mayor Frank Pagano said Monday.

Pagano said he was concerned about calls to the college, courtesy calls and security calls that come in on the emergency number.

The Village Board, Fire Department and college officials will be represented on the task force, he said.

In recent months, Buffalo introduced a seven-digit phone number for non-emergency calls, while Baltimore implemented a three-digit non-emergency number.

In other business at Monday's workshop meeting, the Village Board:

Agreed to investigate a new state law that will permit residents to use credit cards to pay their water and sewer fees and village taxes. A surcharge would be added for the discount taken by the bank so that the village would get the correct amount of revenue.

Trustee Michael Sullivan noted that Gloversville has its own credit card and gets money for the use of the logo.

Was informed that the 12-inch water line under Route 20 was completed and approved, and is in use.

Unanimously approved a local law to change the method of testing waste for the Red Wing Co., Inc., a food processor. The company pays a surcharge for stronger wastes. The new tests are simpler, faster and can be done in-house instead of an outside laboratory.

Authorized an election to be held March 10, 1997, to elect a village justice to a four-year term. The Board decided to have just one election district, which probably will be the village hall.

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