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Pedestrian crosswalk safety gets attention

In the wake of a serious accident last week, Mayor Stephen Keefe wants to get village officials together to discuss pedestrian crosswalk safety.

During Monday's Village Board meeting, Keefe said he and the village's police chief, Streets Department superintendent, attorney and at least one trustee need to discuss the issue before anyone else gets hurt.

The date of the meeting will be announced.

The action is the result of a pedestrian/vehicular accident at a crosswalk on Main Street last week, in which the pedestrian was hit and seriously injured. Under state law, vehicles traveling on roadways must stop for a pedestrian if the pedestrian is using a crosswalk to reach the other side of a street.

The mayor would like to discuss the matter and create solutions to ensure motorists traveling through Fredonia understand this state safety law and stop for any pedestrian using a crosswalk.

In another matter discussed Monday, new water mains will be constructed on Holmes Place and part of Newton Street, and new sewer mains will be installed on West Main Street. The board authorized the advertisement of bids for this project, to be returned to the Village Clerk's Office no later than 10 a.m. March 28.

Upgrades to the village reservoir spillway also will be made. The board authorized the advertisement of bids for this project, to be returned to the Village Clerk's Office no later than 11 a.m. March 28.

In other business:

*Lori Richardson, of Fredonia, was promoted to the position of senior account clerk, effective Feb. 20.

*Joshua Kozlowski, of Dunkirk, and Jeffrey Ortolano, of Fredonia, were hired as part-time police officers on an as-needed basis, at $12 per hour with no other benefits.