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Angola residents concerned about the harmful effects of open fires filed a petition with the Village Board Monday night asking the board to either prohibit or restrict such fires.

The petition cited the dangers of secondhand smoke generated by such fires.

It went on to say that if the village does not prohibit open fires, it should at least limit their size and duration.

The board, which held a public hearing last month on the issue, took no action Monday night, but said it would take the residents' concerns under advisement when it acts on the proposed local law.

In other business, the board held a public hearing on a proposed local law that would provide a retirement incentive program for village employees.

Mayor Michael Walters said the savings under such an incentive would be about $3,700 per employee over the next five years.

The board also created a temporary full-time sergeant's position in the Village Police Department, pending the creation of a lieutenant's position and exam.

The board appointed Village Police Officer Scott Kashino to the provisional position.

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