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Water pact still being negotiated

The contract proposed by the town to buy water from the Village of Fredonia for the North End Water District is still under negotiation, Supervisor Don Steger told the Town Board Wednesday night.

Steger did say, however, he felt the most recent draft of the contract might provide the terms for the final contract.

The town cannot seek funding for the proposed water district, nor can it advertise for bids on the project, without a signed contract to purchase water to flow through the district's pipes.

Former Town Board member Rod Pennica told the board the contract negotiation process had to end sometime. He said it has dragged on too long.

"It's like moving the finish line," Pennica said.

The board will meet in executive session May 9 to review the most recent tentative contract.

The Lily Dale Assembly is interested in forming a water district with the town, Steger said. He said the water district would be self-funded, including engineering fees, design and startup costs. Lily Dale already has a sewer district in the town.

In other business:

* The town soon will conduct a census for dogs 3 months of age and older. Fees are $8 for a spayed/neutered dog and $18 for an unspayed/unneutered dog. There will be an added $10 enumeration fee for each unlicensed dog. To avoid this fee, dog owners may register unlicensed dogs at the Town Clerk's office, 9 Day St., Fredonia, before being visited by an enumerator.

* There will be a free rabies immunization clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. May 12 at the town barns on Chautauqua Road. Bring documentation of a pet's most recent rabies shot. All dogs should be leashed and cats in carriers.

* The Town Board again will begin meeting only once a month, the second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., unless there is need for a workshop session, which would be scheduled on the first Wednesday. The board decided to hold a workshop session at 5 p.m. May 2 to review town codes and other matters. No business will be conducted.

* Allison Dengler was appointed planning and zoning clerk at a rate of $10.94 per hour.

* The board voted to donate $500 to the Bear Lake Property Owners Association, primarily toward funding the organization for regular lake weed removal services. The board also decided to donate $400 to Festivals Fredonia for that organization's 2012 public events.

* The board will hold a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. May 9 regarding the establishment of a formal town electrical code. The proposed document follows both national and state codes.