CASSADAGA - The drama of the fluoridation vote is over. Now that the board is conducting business of a more routine nature, public attendance at the meetings of the Cassadaga Village has dropped. To be exact, one member of the public came to the board's most recent meeting.
Still the board acted on a number of items on the agenda. Bill Astry was awarded a contract to clean the infrared heaters in the village.
Town Clerk Roxanne Astry brought in examples of water bill formats and asked for guidance from the board. The members of the board in attendance (Deputy Mayor Rodney Waite and Trustees Mike Lehnen and Valerie Culverwell) discussed the pros and cons of the different formats. Finally, the board selected a letter that they felt was the clearest in stating the charge, the amount of water used, and the penalty for late payment.
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Mike Lehnen, village trustee, studies the bills and payroll at the recent Cassadaga Village Board meeting.
Lehnen said, "This will be better for the people. It will be less confusing to them."
The contract with the Stockton Fire Department is still being negotiated and at the next meeting the board may go into executive session to deal with it.
Trustee Valerie Culverwell said, "I don't want the people involved (about 30 families) to suffer, but I also don't want our taxpayers to overpay. It seems that Stockton should be able to meet us somewhere in the middle."
Street Supervisor Thomas Fetter reported that he is gearing up for winter. "The truck is fitted for plowing and the tractor has snowblowing equipment on it," he said.
After discussing the older unused equipment with Fetter, the board plans to look into whether it can be declared surplus and sold or whether it would get more money if sold for scrap.
The board plans to decorate in the village again this year and asked Fetter to get the decorations out of storage, including the large ornament balls that Waite donated to the effort last year.
After considering the Thanksgiving holiday that is upcoming, the board decided to change its meeting date from Wednesday to Monday (Nov. 19). A workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting will be 7 p.m.
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