Village of Chester board briefs

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  • There was a big turnout at the annual fireworks display in Chester. (Photo by Edie Johnson)

— The Chester village board held a brief meeting July 14, in which the following took place:

Meadow Hill — The board agreed to cancel outdated agreements with Meadow Hill Development. Lawyer Ian Schlanger noted that the Meadow Hill development was originally intended for seniors and the village entered into certain performance and maintenance agreements with the development at the time; it is not a senior development now, so he advised that a resolution should be adopted to allow the mayor to cancel those agreements, which are on file at the Orange County Clerk’s office. The resolution passed.

Farmers’ Market — Duffy said the Farmers’ Market needs community support. Vendors are now able to sign on by monthly agreement, rather than for the whole season. Duffy also thanked the police and street department for their help in setting up the market and making sure the space was clear of parked cars. The Chester Histoical Society encourages more vendors to be part of the market and invites not-for-profit groups to set up an information table to let people know about their organization.

Museum open on first Sunday — The historical society will open the Erie Station Museum on the first Sunday of the month for a few hours through the end of the Farmers’ Market season, in October. The station flag will be posted outside when it's open. Opening and closing times may vary due to the schedules of the volunteers who will be manning the station. Call 469-2591 and leave a message.

E-Z Pass scam — Police Chief Pete Graziano warned residents to beware of emails regarding E-Z pass: it’s another scam. Do not open the email. Residents can call the New York Customer Information Center (see the village website:

Fireworks — The Chester fireworks event was well-attended. The only hitch: one lost child who was quickly united with the parents. Duffy thanked the village departments who contributed to the success of the event.

Fuel tank problem — Streets superintendent Charlie Bono said a sensor for the underground fuel tank at the fuel storage facility failed. Replacement costs will be $250 plus labor. Bono noted that the department has more vehicles now and the demands are greater; Bono is looking at prices for new gas and fuel dispensers and also a 1,000 gallon above-ground gas tank. The old dispenser is close to 30 years old.

Taco Bell — Water Commissioner Tom Becker said a two-inch tap had been installed at the Taco Bell restaurant under construction. The water filtration plant’s emergency response plan has been completed, he said.

New water truck — The board agreed to use money in the water budget from last year to bid for a new truck for the department, following Becker's recommendtion.

New employment policy — The board adopted a new policy regarding compensation for full-time water department employees. It was further resolved that the mayor and village clerk will be allowed to amend the employment manual as needed.

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