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Mayor invites all residents to participate in government

Mayor Stephen Weefe is extending an invitation to all residents to participate in village government, he said at Monday night's Village Board meeting. Keefe is creating five new committees and seeks volunteers. The five committees are: Beautification, Historical, Economic Development, Neighborhood Watch, and Art/Entertainment/Tourism.

Keefe said he is approaching the new volunteer effort "in a whole-hearted spirit" and hopes to receive a positive response from village residents. He also said the village has to look at itself from the points of view of all age groups as it moves forward.

The mayor also said he feels the board should consider initiating an informal discussion with the Pomfret Town Board broaching the topic of the potential for future consolidation of the two governments, using an approach in which neither would lose its identity.

He said the town and village could start talks by discussing what municipal services might be shared now to save taxpayers money.

Keefe asked that that anyone interested in serving on a committee call Village Hall at 679-2302 or email him at stephenkeefe@netscape.net.

On another topic, Keefe questioned whether village elections might be changed from March to November, perhaps beginning next year.

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In other business:

*The board approved the installation of a new fence at the Russell Joy Park baseball field, as well as the replacement of the backstop overhang and the installation of plastic rail covers, at a total cost not to exceed $12,728. The bill will be paid by a $20,000 park fund created by the village and the Town of Pomfret.

*Using money from the estate of Milton Lupean, who bequeathed $30,000 to the village for youth recreation, the board approved the purchase of a complete playground set for the Hamlet Street pavilion area in Russell Joy Park, as well as a new piece of recreation equipment for the current playground in the park. The total cost for both is $28,650.