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Village readying crackdown on littering

A littering ordinance that allows for the issuing of fines will be going into high gear to clean up the village, it was noted at Tuesday night's Fredonia Village Board meeting.

Trustee Tom Brown said he has noticed a great deal of litter lately, on both business properties and residential lawns. Mayor Steve Keefe agreed, adding he has seen too many cigarette butts on the ground and on sidewalks, even when there are nearby receptacles in which they could be placed.

"It just seems smokers don't think cigarette butts are litter," he said, "but they are." He said smokers can be fined for tossing a cigarette butt on the ground.

In other business, Village Attorney Sam Drayo suggested the board consider selling excess timber on village-owned forested land to help balance next year's village budget. The village has sold timber on these lands in past years.

The board is moving ahead on a proposal to change the month of village elections from March to November.

Drayo said a public hearing will be held on the proposal, which necessitates a change in the village's charter. The date for the hearing will be announced.

A public hearing may be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall on a proposal to allow computerized advertising signs in the village along Route 60 from East Main Street to Vineyard Drive. It is hoped all necessary legal paperwork can be completed before that date so the hearing can be held.