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Dundee wastewater project gets extension

DUNDEE—The village wastewater treatment plant was one of the main topics discussed during the Sept. 22 meeting of the Dundee Village Board. Ken Knutson, senior vice president of Barton & Loguidice, the engineering firm retained by the village, presented an update on the two grants the village has received for the plant. He said they thought the work on the first project could be completed by Sept. 30, however the Office of Community Renewal will grant an extension to Oct. 30. A problem that has surfaced is that the new covers for the tanks do not fit properly. In addition, a crack in the old tank has been discovered and that must be remedied.
Knutson spoke about the 2008 economic development grant for construction of further capacity improvements which is connected to creation and retention of jobs at Dundee Foods. Village Clerk Christine Sutherland said the company is hiring and Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said he has been assured there would be a significant number of employees there at the end of the project.
Alternatives being considered would increase capacity at the village wastewater plant from 300,000 to 400,000 gallons per day. Other improvements such as replacement of pumps and a new force main to aeration tank are being considered. Knutson outlined base improvements that have been identified as he outlined the $414,000 project. He said, “The ultimate goal is to allow this plant to take more wet weather flow without overloading. The project will help maximize what you have in the two clarifiers. It must be designed in anticipation of the next phase.” Following Knutson’s presentation, the board voted to approve an agreement for engineering services. Funds for the purpose are included in the grant.
In other business: The board voted to purchase new signs for Harpending Avenue at Grace Street. The area is congested when students are arriving  at and leaving school. Village code allows a no stopping regulation, but that regulation must be posted. Currently no parking and speed limit signs are posted in the area. These signs were put in place after concerns about student safety at the area were received.
A crossing guard was also hired by the village to assist in safety at the site.
Trustee Greg Wright said there has been a complaint from the crossing guard about congestion and safety. There is a drop-off area at the back of the school, however Wright said that area is also often congested, particularly when the buses are there. Street Superintendent Andy Howell has a quote of $196 for new signs. Following additional discussion, the board voted to purchase no stopping signs for the area.
• The ongoing communication issue was discussed and the board voted to purchase one cell phone for use in case of an emergency and one radio for the highway department.
• Fire Chief Dan Peterson told the board the department would like to get a permit to build a 13 foot by 32 foot lean-to on the west side of the white barn for storage of the trailer. The structure would keep it covered from the weather.  Cratsley asked who would pay for the structure, which is estimated to cost $700 and Peterson said the funds would come from the fire department Building Fund. The request was approved three to two with Cratsley and trustee Larry Howell abstaining.
• Peterson asked about a portion of the village travel expense policy that was passed in August that was connected to reimbursement for lunch. He said if trucks are taken for service or repairs the person who drives the truck can be at the repair shop for several hours. Cratsley said he thinks the village should look at the policy again and possibly put in a time frame. The current policy does cover the distance that must be traveled before meal expenses are covered.
• At the request of the owner, the board waived the 30-day waiting period for renewal of the Pour House liquor license. The law requires the waiting period unless it is waived by the municipality where the facility is located.
• Cratsley said a grant application has been submitted for work at Millard Park. He expressed thanks for the work Ryan Hallings of Finger Lakes Economic Development Center had done in preparing the grant application.
The next meeting of the Dundee Village Board will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the village hall on Union Street. 

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