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The water level in Fredonia's reservoir is "up a tad" but the village still continues to purchase water from the City of Dunkirk, Mayor Frank Pagano announced during a meeting of the Village Board Monday night.

The mayor also said there is some cloudiness in the community's water, the result of iron mixing with chlorine, but the water is "safe and good."

Helping the community's water scenario is recent rainfall and vacationing students from the Fredonia State College, one of the system's major users at 200,000 gallons per day, he said.

In the meantime, everything is in place to pump water from Upper Cassadaga Lake in the event a water emergency is declared, Pagano said.

At this point, it is "steady as she goes," he said.

Chautauqua County's annual inspection of the water system also shows the water is safe, officials said.

Among suggestions, however, are "stronger inter-ties with Dunkirk, significant dredging of the reservoir to increase storage, supplementing the source with wells or diverting more surface water and increased efforts at water conservation and leak detection," wrote Steven M. Johnson, director of environmental health services for the county.

In other developments at the meeting, DePaul of Rochester presented plans for an 80-bed, 40-unit licensed health care residence proposed for 4.5 acres on Water Street, just north of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. crew site.

The facility would provide room, board and some care for mostly senior citizens. The building would be one story, according to Mark Fuller of DePaul. The non-profit corporation is exempt from federal taxes and expects to be exempt from local property taxes, village officials said.

Fuller said rentals would be about $1,450 per month.

About 20 to 30 jobs, both part- and full-time, are expected to be created. The proposal also must be aired before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance. the board also received a petition with 28 signatures seeking solutions to a traffic hazard at the "T" intersection of Chestnut Street and Berry Road.

The Wheelock School, for kindergarten through second grade, is near the intersection and school buses add to problems. Residents have complained about speeders, drivers going through the stop sign on Berry and drivers going through the stoplight on Route 20 and Chestnut Street.

Police Chief Bradley Meyers will study the problem. Village officials tackled the same problem about four years ago, when strengthened police surveillance resulted in a bevy of speeding tickets.

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