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FREDONIA – Residents of Fredonia are strongly urged to conserve water Sunday as major work will be done on the water filtration system.

Mayor Steve Keefe on Tuesday told the Village Board that water will be used from the water tower but heavy usage may deplete the system.

The work is expected to start early Sunday morning and last throughout the day. In an emergency, such as a fire or major water break, the village has the capability to connect its system to the city of Dunkirk for a backup supply.

The town of Pomfret received approval for a pump station to be installed on Webster Road to increase water pressure to residents in the township who purchase water from the village as a district. A motion was made Tuesday to have the plans for the station reviewed by Tolman Engineers of Jamestown at a cost of $1,000 to be sure that the new station will not have an adverse impact on the village water system.

Keefe said he will set up a meeting with Cassadaga officials to talk about a secondary water supply. He said that Cassadaga reportedly has ample water and is interested in possibly connecting its system northward towards Fredonia.

In other matters, board members heard from three community members who questioned recent actions in regards to the open meetings law. James Lynden, a member of the Planning Board, questioned the hiring of a part-time building inspector. He claims the hiring was done prior to a meeting and the motion was given a retroactive date. Lynden provided copies of minutes and a transcript of a broadcast of the meeting and noted discrepancies.

Two other residents also questioned village officials’ “transparency” in conducting business at regular executive sessions.

Keefe said that 500 Fredonia State College students spent last Saturday raking leaves for residents in several neighborhoods.

The overnight parking ban to facilitate winter snowplow efforts starts at midnight Thursday in the village.

Motorists are reminded that a new pedestrian crosswalk has been installed on Central Avenue at the Forbes Street intersection.