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Board eyes college students' return

The population has increased once again by about 6,000 Fredonia State College students, and Monday, the Village Board began to discuss how to handle the annual event.

"It's great to have the students back, but we also will expect civil behavior," Mayor Stephen Keefe said.

Police Chief Brad Meyers said he has stepped up police enforcement now that the students have returned. He said he also wanted the board to know the village police department "has a very tight relationship with the campus police," and the two departments work hand-in-hand regularly.

Meyers said he would like the community to know how much his department depends on phone calls reporting incidents in the village, and he asked that phone calls be made while an incident is happening, not afterward.

"We will respond," he promised.

The discussion also focused on village landlords. Board member Marc Ruckman, himself a landlord, said he monitors his properties on a regular basis, but other board members noted that not all landlords are as accountable. Board member Joseph Cerrie suggested the creation of a blue-ribbon committee that would rank student housing in the village.

In other business:

*The Fredonia Recreation Department will be selling bicycles that have been impounded by police for at least a year. The bikes will be in a booth at the Farm Festival this weekend and sold for cash only. The money will help fund the Recreation Department's activities.

*Village water ranked high in a recent regional water-taste contest and will be part of a statewide contest at the State Fair in Syracuse later this month, Keefe said. The village's water won the Chautauqua County water-taste test this year, which was sponsored by the county Health Department.

*A request for bids will be advertised by the end of the week for a project to replace the sidewalks around Village Hall.