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Amendment to ordinance on signs is approved; Electronic messages OK in commercial zone

An amendment to the village's ordinance governing signs was approved Monday night by the Village Board following a public hearing.

The amendment will allow commercial electronic variable messaging signs in the commercially zoned area near the intersection of Routes 60 and 20.

Representatives of Mancuso's Service Station on Route 20 asked the board to consider allowing the signs in the manufacturing zoned area of Route 20. Mayor Stephen Keefe said that question would be better addressed by the village Planning Board.

In other business:

*The board will hold special meetings, one at 6 p.m. today, to further discuss the 2012-13 budget. The second will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, to adopt the budget.

*It was learned that although the board was able to eliminate a proposed increase in sewer rates for next year, it was unable to do the same for water rates. The proposed increase of 20 cents per $1,000 gallons used will help pay for water repair and improvement projects in the village.

*The board authorized the issuance of $895,000 in bonds to pay for the first phase of water main and sewer line improvements on Holmes, Newton and West Main streets.

*The board also authorized the issuance of $120,000 in bonds to pay the cost of developing a spillway crossing at the village's reservoir. L.W. Parker Enterprises of Dewittville was awarded the contract with a bid of $97,350.

*Village trustees will share the cost of the village's annual donation to the City of Dunkirk for July 4 fireworks. The proposed $1,000 budgeted for the fireworks will come from the trustees' pockets, not tax dollars.

*The mayor appointed Ron Johnson as acting village justice until April 23, 2013, at Johnson's current salary and with no other benefits. Keefe said this is an annual appointment.