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The Village Board will be keeping an eye on meters measuring water use at two Main Street carwashes.

Village Clerk Tony Agett said a recently installed meter at a new two-bay facility on South Main recorded 9,800 gallons of water used between Dec. 9 and Dec. 23. With that number, she calculated the quarterly bill for 4.5 units at $202.50, based on the village's standard rate of $45 for each unit of water. One unit equals 15,000 gallons.

The Village Board, in its final meeting of 1999, authorized continued monitoring of the amount of water used by the Franklinville Car Wash in approving its tentative billing structure Monday night. Board members agreed that water-use fluctuations may warrant a change in future bills.

Agett said Rich's Service Station on North Main has historically been billed at a rate of 6.5 units, an amount probably too low for the amount of water used. Board members pointed out that the carwash has one bay and could see a drop in the number of customers in the future because of the new facility.

Agreeing to pursue a policy of fairness in setting rates for both carwashes, the Village Board asked Agett also to monitor water use at Rich's for several more billing cycles.

In other action, the board:

Approved a $14,102 increase in the 1999-2000 budget toward the salary of Rodney Perry, a full-time patrolman hired Dec. 13. He will be paid an annual salary of $23,500.

Some of the extra funds will be provided by the federal Community-Oriented Policing Services grant of $12,600. The remaining $1,502 will be taken from the village's surplus fund balance.

Agett reported that more than $200,000 is now available in the fund balance.

Discussed conflicting interpretations in the terms of a 1998 agreement with the Franklinville Central School District for annual payments of $7,000 on a $41,500 interest-free loan used to help build a new Elementary School playground.

Agett said the district believes that it must pay only $2,700 this year based on lagging interest from an endowment fund and that a new arrangement should be worked out.

The board decided to invite School Superintendent Richard M. Wachter and Village Attorney Richard Lippert to attend the Jan. 10 meeting in an attempt to clarify the agreement.

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