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The Fredonia Village Board introduced a law to enact an 11 p.m. curfew in the business district for those younger than 17.

Under the proposed law, a warning will be issued to parents or guardians the first time their children are picked up after curfew. An appearance ticket will be issued the second time.

Penalties are fixed at a maximum fine of $350 and a maximum jail sentence of 15 days.

The board reasoned the curfew is necessary to curb violence and crime in downtown Fredonia. A task force has recommended the action, according to the board.

Recent late-night run-ins between police and crowds of youngsters in the Water Street bar strip triggered the call for a curfew. Officials say those gathering on Water Street are a mix of high school and college students, and there is a concern about underage drinking.

A public hearing on the curfew is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

In other action Monday night, the board:

Hired Robert M. Brown Engineering of Jamestown to study the extension of the Berry Road water district. Trustee Michael Sullivan voted against the referral.

Referred a claim from AT&T to its insurance carrier. AT&T wants to recover damages to an equipment shed that was at the site of a train derailment on Sept. 15.

Supports the application of the Core Area Preservation Co. Inc. for a $240,000 grant from the state's Affordable Housing Corp. Core Area Preservation Co. Inc. currently works in Dunkirk, but can help low-income people in the village rehabilitate their homes, Mayor Frank Pagano said.

Approved the reward of $250 to the two people who provided information resulting in the return of the statue of a cherub that was taken from the fountain in East Barker Common. The names of the informants will remain confidential. No arrests have been made.

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