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Village looks into sharing space

The Village of Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk are looking into sharing space for their police departments, officials said at Monday's Village Board meeting.

A committee made up of officials from both communities met recently to again consider the idea and potential cost-savings of a joint police facility. Also to be considered will be the costs of separate police facilities if each municipality renovated or built its own.

New Fredonia Mayor Michael Sullivan said shared services save municipalities money and "stop the drain on our community." But Village Attorney Sam Drayo warned that joint ownership projects, by their very nature, are difficult to administer and include many details to consider to protect each community.

The next step is a search for individuals or companies qualified to perform a feasibility study to see if the project is worthwhile.

The communities hope to hear responses from a Request for Proposal for the feasibility study by the first part of July.

In other business:

*A special board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall to adopt the 2007-2008 village budget. The proposed $8.5 million budget would maintain the current village tax rate.

*Helen Trowbridge Hanes of Aspire asked the board for a letter of support for the nonprofit agency to build a 12-person housing unit on either Seymour Street or Cushing Street for people with developmental disabilities. No action was taken.

*The board approved a local law allowing the receiver of taxes of the village to live outside the limits of the Village of Fredonia, in Pomfret or in the city or town of Dunkirk.

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