Kurt Wojda, the owner of the building where an adult entertainment business leases space, has offered the village an opportunity to purchase the building for a police facility.
The Village Board talked about the proposal Monday night. Mayor Michael Sullivan said the offer is just one option for a police station if the village decides to move ahead with a new station. The Water Street building is home to Club 35 and is within easy walking distance of the village's nightlife section.
Trustee Jacqueline Penfold-Williams will approach Trautman Associates, an architectural firm in Buffalo, to give the village a quote on a needs assessment for a new village police station and whether the plan would be to renovate the current facility or create a new space.
Trustee Susan Mackay said the village has to show a need for improved police space before it can seek any funding for such a project.
Sullivan said he would be interested in a study.
In a related matter, Village Board representatives and Police Chief Bradley Meyers will attend Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature to give their views on the uneven cost sharing of the county drug task force.
The board would like to see the Legislature spread the cost of this countywide program across the entire county, not just certain municipalities. Sullivan said he would recontact Dunkirk City Hall to see if the city also would like to send representatives to the meeting in support of the village's proposal. Fredonia and Dunkirk both help foot the bill for the task force.
In other board news:
*The village Police Department will begin to ticket cars that are illegally parked, including those on lawns and in front yards.
*The board is considering contracting for temporary sewage treatment plant operation consulting services until the board hires a new chief plant operator.