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Council OKs 2008 budget totaling $2.74 million

FREDONIA -- A 2008 budget of $2.74 million was approved by the Pomfret Town Board during a meeting held Wednesday night in Lily Dale Fire Hall.

The new tax rates are $3.39 per $1,000 assessed valuation within the village -- a 6-cent increase -- and $4.91 per $1,000 for residents of the town outside the village -- a 55-cent increase. The board also approved a $23,397 agreement for 2008 between the town and the Lily Dale Fire Department for fire protection in Lily Dale.

A public hearing is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Dec. 12, prior to the board's 7 p.m. meeting in Town Hall, on a plan to increase the eligible income level for senior citizen tax exemptions to the county level -- $16,000 or less.

The board also will look into the creation of a law that would reduce the motorboat speed limit in the Lily Dale lake channel to 5 mph.


Genesee-Wyoming YMCA honors four volunteers

BATAVIA -- Four awards were presented Tuesday as the Genesee-Wyoming YMCA honored volunteers during its annual recognition dinner in Batavia Party House.

Richard C. Call, a past president of the "Y" board of trustees, was given the Spirit of the "Y" award for volunteer work and fundraising.

Others honored were Jerry L. Reinhart, volunteer of the year; Steve Swanson, Camp Hough volunteer of the year; and Five Star Bank, with headquarters in Warsaw, outstanding Wyoming volunteer.

Speaker at the dinner attended by 120 was two-time Wrestling Olympics winner Russ Hellickson.


Trustee named to replace board member who resigned

FREDONIA -- Sally Piazza of Fredonia was appointed Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Leonard Vento on the Fredonia School Board.

Vento resigned from the board because she moved out of state.

Piazza, an employee of Brooks Memorial Hospital, will serve through June 30, 2008. She will be sworn in at the board's next meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27. in the high school library.


Police to get pair of Tasers, thanks to two donations

FREDONIA -- The Fredonia Police Department will be getting two Tasers thanks to donations from NRG Energy and an anonymous donor.

The development was announced Tuesday during a meeting of the Fredonia Village Board.

The Tasers cost about $2,000 apiece and no village money will be spent.

All board members agreed to the purchase, except Trustee Susan Mackay who voted "no."

The board also accepted the bid of $84,250 from Southern Tier Site Utility LLC of Fredonia to build a pedestrian bridge at the village water treatment plant.

Also, a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the village's noise ordinance is set for 7 p.m. , Nov. 26, during the board's regular meeting in Village Hall.

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