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Hike in Fredonia water rates OK'd

The Village Board approved an increase in water rates Monday night.

The new rate is 20 cents higher per 1,000 gallons.

On a quarterly basis, water now will cost $2.92 per 1,000 gallons for up to 100,000 gallons consumed and $2.77 per 1,000 gallons for consumption of more than 100,000 gallons.

The increase goes into effect June 1.

The board also awarded J.D. Northrup Construction Inc., of Ellicottville, a $777,740 contract for water and sewer improvements in the village. The improvements will be made this year on Holmes and Lowell places and a portion of Newton Street.

Meanwhile, the issuance of $200,000 in bonds was approved by the board for the financing of an engineering assessment of needed improvements to the village's reservoir dam.

The board soon will reach a formal agreement regarding the selling of water to the Town of Pomfret for the town's North End Water District. The residential rate being proposed is 1.7 times the village rate, and for commercial users, three times the village rate.

Water sold to the town in excess of a contracted amount also would be billed at three times the village rate, officials said.

The board also approved a workplace violence prevention policy for its employees.