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Board OKs pact for fire protection with Fredonia

The Town Board on Wednesday afternoon approved a two-year town fire protection contract with the Village of Fredonia.

The contract had been controversial. Councilman Rod Pennica said at a meeting earlier this month he believed the formula used to calculate the town's fee for services was not well-designed. He also felt it was unfair that not-for-profit organizations, including Fredonia State College, pay the village nothing for fire protection services, thus increasing the across-the-board charge for all village and town taxpayers.

The contract totals $769,000, with the town paying $362,000 next year and $407,000 in 2013. The current contract expires Saturday.

In other matters at the board's last meeting of the year:

*Supervisor Donald Steger called for letters of interest from owners of facilities who may wish to give the Pomfret senior citizens program a home.

The letters must be filed with the town clerk by Wednesday. The board had hoped a plan to rent Christ Community Church on Berry Road would pan out, but building regulations and renovations required to house such a program proved too expensive for the church.

Councilwoman Pat Christina said she recently spoke with a representative of a parish in Dunkirk, the name of which she did not offer. That church, she said, may be interested in the senior program being held there.

*New board members Ann Eckman and Dr. Scott Johnston were sworn in, as was Dan Bigelow, who was appointed highway superintendent during this year when James Oakes retired.

All will begin their terms Sunday. Departing board members Rod Pennica, Charles Civiletto and William Hart, who all decided not to run for re-election, were praised Wednesday for their accomplishments while on the board.