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Deferiet board trying to college $35,000 in property taxes

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DEFERIET — During the Nov. 6 meeting, the village board of trustees heard reports on past events and from department heads.

Fire Chief Timothy J. Irey reported he had two engines down and left the meeting after reporting on the fundraiser pig roast. Held Oct. 19, the fundraiser had a dual purpose, to raise funds for playground equipment and to attract visitors to the fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week.

Since organizer Douglas Babcock donated the pig, the event raised more than $1,000. The fire department also had two prospective firefighters pick up membership applications.

Mayor Janet M. Zando reported more surplus equipment had been sold, with the village receiving $400 for a trailer and $250 for a lawn mower.

The board authorized the village treasurer James E. Yuhas to relevy delinquent property taxes in the amount of $35,504.37 to Jefferson County for collection with the county taxes.

Department of Public Works superintendent Shane Intorcia suggested to the board that CHIPS funds should be used to add curbing to a section of Wilna Avenue. He explained that the repaving of the area drainage has been an issue and curbing should divert water across the street into the drainage ditch.

Mr. Intorcia said they would put up Christmas lights the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and noted that many of the flags and poles need replacing. He asked if residents could be made more aware of items that should not be flushed into the sewer system.

“They should be reminded that clearing the drain is man-hour intensive and dangerous to the employee who is clearing the pipe,” Trustee William Littlefield said.

Mayor Zando informed the board the joint water project with the village of Herrings is moving ahead with only a few easements left to be signed.

The mayor also brought before the board a request by a resident to have installment plans available to pay village taxes. The treasurer said that type of plan was not made available to villages.

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