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Village officials Monday night decided to dust off an old sign ordinance proposal and seek comments from downtown merchants before designing a new law to reflect the desires of the community.

Building Inspector Russell Hatch expressed concerns about a number of signs placed within the state highway right-of-way between the sidewalk and Route 16. He said signs placed at eye level near driveways and intersections are a problem because they obstruct motorists' view and cause motorists to pull into the road before driving onto the highway.

The Village Board members agreed a reasonable law must be adopted before enforcement of violations can take place and authorized the Zoning Board of Appeals to begin work on the sign ordinance.

In another matter, Superintendent of Public Works Larry Agett said he will meet Wednesday with the state Department of Transportation regarding the proposed reconstruction of Route 16 in 1999. Agett said current plans suggest construction bids may be advertised in 1998.

In other business, the Board:

Decided to send representatives to meet with the Olean Medical Group about possible changes at the Franklinville satellite office. That meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Ischua Valley Country Club.

Discussed the condition of fire exits at the Shur Fine grocery store and adjoining laundromat.

Decided to sponsor resident Chris Linderman's workman's compensation costs while he is on two-week patrol duty with the Franklinville police force as part of a 780-hour Police Academy training. Village Clerk Antoinette Agett said there would be no cost to the village unless a claim was filed.

Authorized advertising for bids for sale of a patrol car with 92,000 miles and the purchase of portable radios for patrolmen with $1,245 in funds remaining in an equipment budget after recent purchase of a $495 radio and $260 siren.

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