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Board to meet on selling water to town

The Village Board hopes to decide today whether to sell water to the Town of Pomfret for the town's new North End Water District.

A special meeting on the matter is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Village Hall.

The board on Monday learned from the town's project manager, Rob Klavoon of Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers of Amherst, that figures recently presented to the Village Board representing the total number of gallons that the town wants to purchase were too high. The project's Phase 1 will need 19.9 million gallons a year, not the 44 million gallons estimated at an earlier meeting.

Klavoon said the Village Board would not have to approve a a formal water agreement at this time, but it would have to sign a letter of intent in order to seek state funding for the project.

Also Monday, the board agreed to increase sewer rates in the village. Trustee Joseph Cerrie cast the sole "no" vote. The law takes effect July 1.

A minimum of $5 per quarter will be charged, plus $3.15 for each 1,000 gallons of water supplied, as measured by water or sewer meters approved by the village.

In other business:

*Village Administrator Rick St. George said he will contact the contractor who renovated Village Hall's roof to ask what that firm is willing to do to replace insulation in the attic that was pulled away from the attic's outer edge. The removal of the insulation caused ice build up last winter.

*Randall J. Brown and Co. of Fredonia has been retained by the village at a cost of $1,000 over a two-month period to prepare documents necessary to facilitate the formation of a local development corporation in the village and to provide other economic development and grant-writing services.

*Mindy Spinuzza of Silver Creek has been appointed to the position of full-time senior account clerk, effective July 12, at a wage of $17.76 per hour. Rita Farnham, who is retiring from the position, will be hired on an as-needed basis after her retirement at an hourly wage of $22.53 to train the new employee.

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