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Border Patrol seeks OK for surveillance tower in Fredonia

FREDONIA – U.S. Border Patrol officers requested that Fredonia Village Board members grant permission for a surveillance tower on the Lake Erie shoreline at the site of the sewage treatment facility.

The tower would have radar and camera capabilities.

At the regular meeting of the Village Board on Monday in Village Hall, board members received information about the proposal. A formal presentation was made at the last meeting.

Village Trustee Susan Mackay said she questioned the need for the tower.

Border patrol officers said they would use the tower’s radar and camera facilities to track boaters on Lake Erie. They said similar towers are under construction at Sturgeon Point and in Ripley. The officers said they would not talk about specific needs in an open session but offered to share the need for surveillance in a closed-door meeting.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working in cooperation with the border agency on the construction of the tower.

Village Attorney Sam Drayo said he would like an independent engineer to review the design of the tower. He said he would also review the lease for the project. Border Patrol officers said they will seek a 10-year lease renewable for a total of 30 years.

The federal agencies are seeking approval from the board by Sept. 30.

In other board matters:

• A resignation from Keith Panek, a motor equipment operator, was accepted for retirement. He worked 28 years for the village.

• Street repairs, sealing and crack-filling project lists were provided to the board members by the Public Works Department.

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