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Fredonia Board OKs amendments to village noise control ordinance

The Fredonia Village Board on Monday night unanimously approved amendments to the village's noise control ordinance.

The new local law adds regulations on sounds emanating from industrial or commercial establishments and operations, as well as from non-emergency construction or maintenance operations. It would define "unreasonable noise" as any sound that is "excessive or unnecessary and annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of a person or persons of reasonable sensitivity."

No one spoke at the public hearing. About 10 people were in attendance.

The board authorized the issuance of $190,000 in bonds to pay for a dump truck ($150,000), a road salt spreader ($10,000) and a police car ($30,000). All three will be purchased from the state contract price list. The dump truck should arrive in three to six months; the spreader is in stock and available now; and the police car should arrive in two months.

The board, in its workshop session preceding the regular meeting, questioned the fact that Mayor Michael Sullivan recently sent a letter to the Town of Pomfret broaching the topic of creating a townwide fire district.

The board asked why he made this suggestion to the town without first consulting Village Board members. Sullivan said that since the day he was first elected mayor, he vowed to find all avenues possible to consolidate services to lower costs for village taxpayers.

He said his comment about consolidation was in a letter asking for the start of town fire contract negotiations with the village for 2008. He said it was just a suggestion for possible future discussion, with board involvement.

Trustees Susan Mackay, Jacqueline Penfold-Williams, Gary Damico and Joseph Cerrie all said they would have liked knowing the letter was being sent so they could have been better prepared for questions they were asked by taxpayers and the Fire Department.

The issue of a possible shared facility for the Village of Fredonia and City of Dunkirk Police departments is still moving along. Damico said the committee met recently, and Ann Burns, head of the Fredonia State College security department, attended.

She said the college might consider having staff there if the facility location is near the college campus. Damico said the State Police also has expressed possible interest in housing its local barracks at a shared facility.

A request for proposals will be sent out soon, Damico said, for a feasibility study to consider the pros and cons of a shared police facility. The proposals are to be returned by Dec. 28. Damico said the City of Dunkirk is seeking a grant that, if awarded, could reimburse all costs for the feasibility study.

The board voted to change the dates of its regular meetings next month to Dec. 3 and 17 and its workshop session to Dec. 10, all in Village Hall.

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