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The mandatory ban on non-essential use of water was officially lifted at Monday night's Village Board meeting, although Mayor Frank Pagano urged customers of the village's water system to voluntarily restrict non-essential water usage.

The rain and conservation have helped the reservoir, according to Chief Water Plant Operator Rob Lancaster, who said a new gauge that has been installed gives a better reading of the amount of water in the reservoir.

The village is continuing to purchase water from the City of Dunkirk. Pagano did not indicate when the purchases would be discontinued.

Sunday, the village had to deal with a water break in a main 12-inch line in front of Thompson Hall on the Fredonia State College campus. The break occurred about 6 a.m. but was isolated and repaired the same day. Village officials did not have an estimate of how much water was lost, but the rain helped replenish the water.

A break also occurred on Chestnut Street Monday morning, but that has been repaired, said Public Works Superintendent Richard Lascola.

In other water matters, the board approved a local law making commercial establishments responsible for their own meters. The village will be able to calibrate the meters. Customers outside the village but not part of any water district will be charged a multiple of the village water rate -- residents at two times and commercial establishments at three times the rate.

The new law also allows the village to determine whether a leak is a hazard, and if so, how to fix it and charge the property owner.

In wastewater treatment plant matters, the board awarded contracts for two new centrifuges, which will take more of the water out of the sludge. That will mean less waste going to the landfill and a savings to the village.

STC Construction Co., Springville, was awarded a $757,500 contract for general construction. Tunney Electric Inc., Forestville, was awarded a $42,400 contract for electrical work.

The Board hired the Jamestown firm of Habiterra Architects to investigate water leaks on the Village Hall tower and the adjacent roof.

In recreational matters, the board hired supervisors and referees for the youth soccer program. Interim Recreation Director Collin Ryder told the Board that an $8 charge per participant has been collected and the program may pay for itself.

In police matters, the board authorized Chief Bradley Meyers to apply for a $5,000 grant from the Travelers Foundation to purchase a speed monitoring awareness radar trailer. The department intends to solicit contributions from local community organizations for the balance of the $14,000 cost.

Finally, the moratorium on converting single-family residences in the R-2 district into multifamily dwellings was extended another six months. The moratorium has been in place over two years while the Board reviews a proposed zoning ordinance for the village.

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