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Dundee summer program gets cut

DUNDEE—The summer recreation program for Dundee area youngsters will disappear this summer. Trustees learned the unwanted news during the meeting of the Dundee Village board Tuesday, March 8.
Trustee Judy Duquette read a letter from Chris Young of the Yates County Youth Bureau. Funding for the summer recreation program is not in the budget. Each year, area youth have attended the program which includes swimming lessons at Keuka Lake. Last year 50 students attended the program.
In other business: Accepted a bid of $19,500 for cemetery maintenance from The Source Landscaping of Himrod. Yates ARC, which has maintained the facility for several years, bid $19,098 for the work. Bids for fall cleanup were $2,650 from The Source and $2,650 from ARC. The only other bid was from a Rochester-based concern which bid nearly three times the amount bid by the two other firms.
There was extended discussion of the matter before the vote. Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said one of his concerns was the fact work was not begun prior to Memorial Day last year. Cratsley said the village received complaints about the lack of mowing before the holiday. Employees sitting on headstones was another concern. Cratsley said he found that to be disrespectful. Cratsley abstained from voting, citing a conflict. Duquette voted no. Following the meeting she said she thought ARC had done a good job and had a good track record.
• Fire Chief Ray Miller reported he had shipped out 12 pagers for repair. Miller asked the board for approval of repairs which is estimated at $750. He said he hoped the repaired units would hold up until new ones come in. New units cost between $450 and $500 each. Miller said at this time the department has no spares. Some members do not have pagers now.
• The fire department received eight or nine calls during the last couple of days, according to Miller. He said the department is receiving a lot of calls about carbon monoxide and natural gas. Miller said department members need to be able to get into properties to find out where the leaks are coming from. He said there is a new tool that can check fittings for leaks.
• Trustees approved removing snow from a portion of Seneca Street. Cratsley said the village just spent a lot of money on the street. The portion of Seneca Street in question was paved in 2010. Some streets in the village have ditches. Seneca Street does not have ditches and the melting snow is ponding on the road.
• Health Improvement Project Coordinator Lauren Snyder said the committee has been discussing methods of promoting the area. One possibility is short video clips that can be linked to websites such as the DCS website. The group is discussing possible components. Location of a community garden was also discussed.
The next meeting of the Dundee Village Board will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the village office on Union Street.

 

 



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