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SEWER LAW REVISION TARGETS ROWDINESS

The Fredonia Village Board on Monday night approved the revised sewer use regulations. Among other things, they provide tougher fines for individuals caught relieving themselves on property within the village.

The new law is good, Temple Street resident Dennis Bolton said, but it's not enough. Bolton also said additional police patrols on Temple Street have resulted in less vandalism and theft, but more could be done to decrease it even further.

Temple Street frequently is the scene of late-night rowdiness on weekends as people walk home from downtown bars.

Mayor Frank Pagano said the village is doing everything it can within the limits of its budget to provide police protection. Police Chief Bradley Meyers noted he has made what he hopes will be permanent changes in scheduling so additional late-night coverage is provided.

The village is working with Fredonia State College and the bars to try to solve this recurring problem. Bradley said his officers also are patroling to break up house parties.

Trustee Susan Forrester-MacKay suggested the Temple Street residents meet with the local bar owners' association. Meyers added that perhaps the residents could go as a group to visit the bars and talk with the owners.

In other business, the Village Board approved revised rules concerning the approval of Community Development Block Grant loans within the village. The board now has final say in the awarding of these loans. Moreover, the mayor and one trustee will sit on the loan committee. Loan interest rates were adjusted as part of the revisions.

The village and the Town of Pomfret will file an application for up to $50,000 in funds from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to upgrade the trails in Russell Joy Park.

Following the regular meeting, the board met with Dunkirk Police Chief John Yannie, representing the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

The village is being asked to take a seat on the task force. This would mean assigning a village police officer to that duty full time. Mayor Pagano remarked that the village budget provides no funds for this during the current fiscal year, but it could be considered next year.

There will be no Village Board workshop meeting Monday, due to the Chamber of Commerce banquet. However, a special meeting may be held later next week.

The village hall will be closed Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving.

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