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Cameras eyed to fight vandalism

Security cameras may soon be located around some of the more popular vandalism sites in Fredonia, it was learned at Monday night's Village Board meeting.

Some of those sites may include Barker Commons gazebo, Russell Joy Park, the village barns and village reservoir.

The board's Public Safety Committee, comprising Trustees Jacqueline Penfold-Williams and Adam Brown, along with Trustee Joseph Cerrie, will ask village department heads for suggestions as to where they feel cameras should be located. The board then will secure quotes for camera equipment and installation.

"We need to give you guys some eyes in places you can't always get to," Mayor Michael Sullivan said to Police Chief Brad Meyers.

The mayor feels strongly, as does Cerrie, that the cameras would prevent crimes and also help identify vandals. Meyers said most of the vandalism in the village is done by "high school kids."

"The things we could prevent from happening would be amazing," Sullivan said of the use of cameras.

The board, as a result of a suggestion by Trustee Susan Mackay, is considering setting up a meeting with the Chautauqua County Legislature to ask the county to more fully fund the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. The board also will invite the Dunkirk Common Council and the Sheriff's Office to attend.

Meyers said he is greatly interested in the village reinstating a village officer to the task force, but there is a lack of sufficient village funding for this. The board will ask the Legislature to allocate additional dollars to the task force.

Sullivan said Monday night, as he has at past meetings, that the task force is a countywide program and should be funded by county money, not a handful of municipalities in the county.

Fredonia Temple/Brigham seeking a reduction in its 2009-10 Pomfret town tax assessment. The student housing company is currently assessed at $1.76 million, and it feels the assessment should be more along the lines of $897,000. The matter is in the courts.

In other business, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet with the Village Board in a special session at 10:30 a.m. today in Village Hall regarding the Canadaway Creek erosion repair project.

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