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DUNDEE—A public hearing on the Dundee Fire Department’s plan to incorporate will take place at 6 p.m., Dec. 8.
During discussion at the Oct. 27 meeting of the Dundee village board, trustee Warren Smith asked why the department wanted to incorporate.  Fire Chief Dan Peterson said one of the reasons is to allow the department to keep donations earmarked for the department. Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said the primary benefit is to own property, real or personal, using trophies won at competitions as an example. Technically the village owns all trophies the department has been awarded. Trustee Judy Duquette asked for more details about donations the department receives. Peterson said, “It could be forgotten during changes in the village board. Then we’d have to start over.” Peterson said it can be confusing during trustees’ first few years. In response to a question from Duquette regarding whether the village attorney had advised on the matter, Cratsley said yes, adding, “I don’t believe we can stop them. The village will still own the department.”
Trustee Greg Wright asked about the frequency of auditing and Peterson said it would be done annually. Peterson said the department would still go through the village office for purchases. He said, “A lot has been changed but nothing is really changing.” Wright asked if the company would be responsible for all insurance and maintenance for anything they bought and Cratsley answered yes. Trustee Larry Howell added, “It sounds like it’s good for both sides.”
One of the final questions from Duquette was if other area fire departments are incorporated. Peterson said, “Every one except Dundee.” Cratsley said the Dundee Fire Department would continue and the Dundee Fire Company would be the new organization.
In other business: The board approved the application of Edward Allen for membership in the fire department.
• Cratsley told the board he had received information on mowing properties in the village that did not conform to code. Streets Superintendent Andy Howell said he received three responses to the request for proposals to mow and each would charge roughly the same price. If property is mowed, photos would be taken before and after mowing and the cost of mowing would be added to property taxes.
• No decision was made on a request from a village property owner for a reduction in a water and sewer bill until additional readings can be made. A water leak that contributed to the billed amount has been repaired.
• Wright said 40 families signed up for the Food Sense program. Duquette said people can sign up for the program at the Youth Center. Food Sense provides food for a set price once a month and participation is not limited by income.
• Duquette said Wright and others volunteering with the community wellness project are working on “Everything Dundee” a potential site where things made in Dundee could be sold. An interest survey will be available in the paper.
• Duquette reported Trunk or Treat for Halloween was canceled because there were no participants.
The next meeting of the Dundee village board will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 10 in the village hall on Union Street. The Nov. 24 meeting was canceled due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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