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Dundee fire chief proposes changes for department  

DUNDEE—Dundee fire Chief Dan Peterson suggested a proposal for a change in the relationship between the department and the village at the July 14 village board meeting.
Peterson asked the board how they would feel about the fire department being incorporated, stating, “We would still be a fire department and the village would still own the trucks.”  Peterson said the proposed change is related to fundraisers and donations to the department.  In response to a question from trustee Larry Howell about any recent audits, Peterson said an audit is done by six people in house each year. Trustee Judy Duquette asked, “Could someone talk to the board about incorporating? There is a lot to it.” Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. asked Peterson to put in a written proposal. The next step would be to talk to the village attorney, then the board will get back to the fire department.
Peterson also reported on department members who assisted in a search for a missing man in Ontario County in June were commended. He said eight department members searched two days in a heavily wooded area for a total of 17 hours. Peterson reported on June calls which totaled 32 ambulance and 10 fire calls. He said the department plans to install a dry hydrant on Six Corners Road in August.
In other business:
• Cratsley told the board that Jack Jayne is working on his Eagle Scout badge and would like to do a project for the village in connection with the badge. Jayne will attend the July 28 meeting of the village board.
• Street superintendent Andy Howell said he is waiting for more information about the cost of oil and stone for needed work on cemetery roadways. He said some trees there need to be cut down, adding, “We’ll do what we can with the $5,000 that is budgeted for the cemetery.”
• Village clerk Christine Sutherland reported the office will be closed July 28 while she and deputy clerk Cheryl Wood will be attending a workshop in Penn Yan. Sutherland said a person to help in the office will be available through the Workforce Development and will work about 10 hours a week.
• Wastewater treatment plant operator Howard Sautter reported on progress on work at the plant. He also discussed the bill the village received from Scanex to flush lines from Dundee Foods. Sautter said there is no documentation of who really owns the line and he has discussed sharing the cost of the project with Dundee Foods. Howell said part of a verbal agreement with the company was that they would pay half the cost of the work and receive a tape of the work from Scanex.
• Assistant Street Superintendent Doug Jayne reported a small amount of the total had been taken off the bill from Moody’s for a pump.  It was dropped into one of the village’s water wells as it was being removed. At issue was the extra cost that accumulated for retrieval of the pump. Trustee  Warren Smith suggested offering a lower amount than the revised amount the company offered.
• Community health project grant coordinator Lauren Snyder reported the housing survey that began July 13 is going well. She reminded residents there are mini-grants available between $500 and $1,000. Any two residents can get together to propose projects affecting the economic, physical, or social health of residents of the three municipalities. One possible project would be GED classes that could be held in the village. The program covers the village and the towns of Barrington and Starkey. Snyder can be reached at 315-246-6351.
The next meeting of the Dundee village board will be at 5 p.m. July 28 in the village hall on Union Street in Dundee.  

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