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Scottish Festival needs volunteers

DUNDEE—Fran Willis visited the Dundee village board meeting, July 14, to report on the Scottish Festival, scheduled for Sept. 18.
She said three bands have committed to participate in the parade from DCS to Black Rock Speedway and three more are pending. Several individuals including three professionals have committed to participate in the Highland Games.
Willis asked the board’s permission to replace the banners in the heart of the village with different tartans. The village’s banners usually come down after Labor Day.
In response to a question about funding of the event from trustee Greg Wright, Willis said she had a $20,000 budget. The lone grant that was approved was $1,000 from the local Health Improvement Project. Willis said admission will have to be charged this year and will range from $3 for elementary students, $5 for older students, and $15 for adults.
Willis will be offering a Family pack of tickets which will include two adult and three children’s admissions for $25. She will sell them on two future dates at Martini’s ShurFine in Dundee.
Volunteers are needed for the event. Willis said she needs 75 to 100 volunteers. Addressing groups, she asked, “Think about what you could do. This needs the whole community to support it.” Already on board is the Dundee Rotary Club which will have a food concession. There will be a wine tent as well. The festival is open to local vendors. Willis can be contacted at 315-729-2124.
In other business:  Vice Mayor Judy Duquette, who conducted the meeting in the absence of Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. commented on the good appearance of Seneca Street now that it has been repaved. She said the Dundee Day committee made a lot of effort to hold a bed race at that event this year, adding, “It was too bad they didn’t have it, but maybe next year.”
• Duquette said the summer recreation program is going very well. She noted there are free breakfasts available at the Dundee Youth Center, but the breakfasts are not part of the recreation program. The recreation program begins at 10 a.m. in Millard Park. Duquette said Frontier Communication and the Elks Club donated money to the Red Cross so that swimming lessons could continue this year.
• Streets Superintendent Andy Howell said he wrote to New York State Department of Transportation requesting a study of loud trucks. He said he has learned there is a 90 decibel sound limit but “Jake Brakes” cannot be prohibited. He has not yet received a response.
Howell said he has been approached by individuals who offered to chip brush on village property where it is stored and remove the chips without charge to the village. The board agreed to the requests, asking that some of the resulting mulch be left on the property for village residents to pick up. Howell reminded village residents brush pickup is on July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.
• The board re-voted on a request  from Keuka Housing Council to inspect homes being considered for purchase.  This is done with grants for first time home buyers concerning environmental hazards. Village Code Enforcement Officer Gary Boardman said he is willing to perform the inspections and the board voted to approve the request.
• The board approved a request from Dundee Historical Society for a “Junk in a Trunk” event Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event would be held in the Seneca Street Park with a rain site as the First Baptist Church parking lot.
• Requests for funds for items needed by various village departments were considered, and approved. Earlier this year a new policy was put in place that required board approval of expenditures over $250.
• The board accepted the resignation of Sheri Bone from the planning board with regrets. The resignation is effective Aug. 1. Bone plans to relocate to another state.
The next meeting of the village board will be July 27 at 5 p.m. 

 

 

 



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