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FREDONIA – After a recent storm left the phone system in the Village of Fredonia severely damaged, the mayor and trustees considered a proposal for a new system for the police and village hall at Monday’s meeting.

At the workshop session held in the conference room of village hall, two representatives from the DFT telephone company said that the antiquated 1989 system was damaged by a July 23 rain storm and water leak.

The telephone provider got some lines running for the police and village offices, but a lack of replacement parts left some offices with limited services.

The police department has been using analog lines and does not have voice mail capabilities for officers, they said.

The DFT proposal presented Monday includes some installation of fiber optic lines, new equipment and extra features.

The monthly charge of $1,064 is $7 higher than the current charge.

The cost of installation and equipment was listed at $7,974.

Board members will consider the proposal at the next regular meeting. Installation is expected to take about two weeks.

Also at the meeting:

• The board held off on approval for the annual Red, White and Blues Festival to be held in September. A certificate of insurance from the Chamber of Commerce was not available. The chamber operates the popular “Taste of Fredonia” during the festival.

• Board members heard about issues with stormwater drainage on Clinton Avenue.

Mayor Stephen Keefe said he will look at the area and seek solutions for the standing water problem affecting home owners.

• Ralcorp Holdings Inc., successor to the Carriage House Co. in Fredonia, filed a petition to seek a reduction in property taxes. The matter was turned over to the Town of Pomfret assessor.

The petition lists 14 properties and includes factories and warehouses.

The petition is seeking more than $2 million in reductions.