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Dundee officials praise projects

DUNDEE—During the June 8 meeting of the village board, Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. thanked improvement coordinator Lauren Snyder and the entire organization for all they have done during the past two years, commenting, “Main Street looks wonderful.”
One of the latest additions includes railings on the sidewalk in front of the Water Street Pharmacy.
In other business: Cratsley said the village received a letter from Rural Development regarding the possibility of a grant/loan for the village water tank, sewer, and water. He said the village was notified Rural Development will be unable to fund the project as estimated because the proposed funding source has been depleted. He said the village is still eligible for United States Department of Agriculture funding, but there is a backlog and it may be years before all the projects are funded.
Trustee Greg Wright asked what kind of grants might be out there and Cratsley said there are grants all over, but one of Dundee’s problems is that there is not a health threat right now related to the sewer and water systems. Due to this fact, the village doesn’t score as high as municipalities with health threats. Cratsley said, “The biggest thing is that there are great grants out there, but there are 700 villages, cities and townships fighting over $10 million.”
Village Clerk Christine Sutherland commented the village put in a grant application to Community Renewal for work on the wastewater treatment plant three times before it was approved. Work at the plant was completed earlier this year. Cratsley said he has spoken with Barton & Loguidice about downsizing the original project. Discussion followed about the type of grant to be sought and wastewater treatment plant operator Howard Sautter said there are two separate projects and two separate funding sources. Following discussion, the board agreed to pursue the available grant for sewer work.
• Streets Superintendent Andy Howell reported he had pulled a picnic table out of the creek on June 7. It was put in the creek some time between Friday and Monday. Cratsley said the State Troopers are keeping an eye on things.
• Cratsley asked the village for approval of a baseball tournament at the park on July 23 and 24 for youngsters aged nine and 10 and approval was granted.
• Trustee Judy Duquette asked about the grant for improvements at the park and Sutherland said once the contracts are signed the village can begin the project. Sutherland said she learned about a grant during the recent conference she attended. The grant application is due July 12 and if awarded, could cover the cost of a study of the historical society building to determine what needs to be done to the structure.
• Trustees approved purchase of a Toshiba copier at a cost of $1,095 for the fire department. A lower quote was for a machine that was not high volume. Trustees also approved new department members Nathan Martin and Joy Perry.
• Trustee Larry Howell expressed appreciation to past fire chiefs Raymie Miller and Greg Miller for arranging the welcome for the Junior/Senior band to the village following their win at competition on Saturday. Howell also thanked village crews for cleaning the streets.
• Andy Howell said paving of McLaren Drive and Seneca Streets is scheduled the week of June 14.   He expects the work will be done the week of June 21, weather permitting. Howell reminded village residents brush pickup is every third Monday of the month through fall.
• Cratsley thanked Assistant Streets Superintendent Doug Jayne for his work on a nighttime water break on Union Street June 4 when he worked by himself because no employees were available. Jayne said he received help from Starkey Highway Superintendent Louis Seeley, members of the fire department, and trustee Warren Smith to complete repairs.
The next meeting of the Dundee village board will be at 5 p.m. on June 22  in the village hall on Union Street. 


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