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Dead feral cats prompt residents' calls

FREDONIA Mayor Michael J. Sullivan told the Village Board during its Monday night meeting that they may be getting phone calls from residents upset about some feral cats on East Main Street that died unexpectedly.

He said he had received three calls already. At present, the mayor said, the village has no obligation regarding cats. "Is the issue that the cats died or how they died?" Trustee Adam M. Brown asked.

Apparently it was alleged by the callers that the cats were exposed to a poisonous substance.

The board recently received a letter from resident Barbara Albert asking that it consider her proposals to initiate a spay/neuter, inoculation and release program for feral cats in the village; license cats for oversight of rabies vaccinations and to help create funding for a spay/neuter and release program; work with the local humane society and veterinarians to inform residents of the importance of spaying and neutering their pets; and contact the City of Dunkirk, which already has a successful spay/neuter and release program for feral cats.

No board action was taken.

In other business:

*Rick St. George, village administrator, said Rick Peebles, a local architect, has written a report on the needs of the village police station. Before moving ahead on other action to create a new needs assessment for the Police Department, he said, the mayor will contact Peebles to see what his report covers.

*Engineering firm O'Brien & Gere will complete a report on the needs of the village reservoir spillway to bring it up to state Department of Environmental Conservation standards. Upgrades to the spillway would allow the village to seek avenues to save money on its insurance costs.

*Scott Hennessey of Fredonia was promoted to the position of operator/trainee at the sewage-treatment plant for $16.69 an hour, effective Oct. 4.

The board's meeting that had been planned for Oct. 13 was rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Columbus Day.

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