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Fredonia school, village officials discuss return of resource officer

FREDONIA – The possible return of a school resource officer at Fredonia Central Schools will be discussed by Village Board and school officials this week.

Trustee Susan Mackay received permission from Village Board members on Monday to start talks with school officials about the police officer job description and the schools’ needs. The post was eliminated in the 2015-16 village budget as officials trimmed every area to reduce costs.

A Village of Fredonia patrolman was assigned to the school district as a resource officer for the past several years.

Mackay said that she and Trustee Phyllis Jones will start the talks with school officials at their request. The two trustees are not on the November ballot, as all the other seats on the board are to be decided this fall.

“It makes sense for the two of us to start the talks, as we will be here to follow through,” said Mackay.

Both women are also on the governmental affairs committee.

In other village news, Mayor Steven Keefe took issue with the contract between the village and the Town of Pomfret for fire protection services. He said that Pomfret officials have the impression that the Village Board members have approved the document. “The board has not approved the contract and that should be the first step,” said Keefe.

Village Attorney Samuel Drayo agreed with the mayor and supported his opinion that the document should be approved by the Village Board prior to being discussed by the Town Board members. Trustee Joseph Cerrie said the contract had been provided to each of the trustees and their comments were invited.

Village Clerk Richard St. George said he will have the document placed on the next Village Board agenda for consideration.

A contract for $1,093,500 for new aeration blowers at the sewer treatment plant was awarded to STC Construction and BECC Electric was awarded a contract for the low bid price of $265,280 for additional work associated with the installation. The renovations are expected to save a substantial amount of cost in utility bills at the plant.

Long-term bonding for the project was also approved by the board members at the meeting.

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