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The Telegram
  • Frankfort DPW awaits new equipment

  • The Frankfort village Department of Public Work expects to receive its new digger within the next couple of weeks, Superintendent Ron Vivacqua told the village board during a department meeting Thursday.

    He said the cost is around $208,000 and the Power and Light department has enough money in its capital fund to purchase the equipment without having to bond for it.

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  • The Frankfort village Department of Public Work expects to receive its new digger within the next couple of weeks, Superintendent Ron Vivacqua told the village board during a department meeting Thursday.
    He said the cost is around $208,000 and the Power and Light department has enough money in its capital fund to purchase the equipment without having to bond for it.
    “We haven’t raised the rates since 1996,” added Mayor Frank Moracco.
    The board voted to approve the proposed $2,146,112 power and light budget. Vivacqua said the budget shows a balance of expenditures and income.
    He said tax time is a busy time of year for the village office staff and asked the board to authorize the hiring of a part-time office helper from June 20 to Aug. 30. The board agreed and Kathryn Tamburro was appointed to the post. She will work not more than 19.5 hours a week and will be paid at the rate of a part-time clerk.
    Vivacqua asked that the board adopt a policy to prevent the village from having to write off unpaid bills when tenants move without paying their water and electric bills. He recommended the village board consider a local law holding the landlord accountable if the tenant leaves without paying his bills. The village could refuse to turn on the water and electrical service until the bills are paid.
    He said he would obtain wording for such a law from the Municipal Electric Utilities Association attorneys.
    Vivacqua also recommended that the village obtain a credit card and set a $5,000 limit on the card. He said it could be used for traveling on village business and making purchases. He said in some cases, the village could save money by using a credit card and said at times he has wound up using his own card for village business.
    Moracco said the card would have to be kept under lock and key and there would have to be strict control over it at all times. He also said the card should be obtained locally if possible and directed Vivacqua and Village Clerk Karlee Tamburro to contact local banks about a credit card.
    Ranger Run
    Jeff Ball was on hand at Thursday’s meeting to present plans for the Great American Irish Festival’s sixth annual Ranger Run 5K. The Ranger Run, in memory of Tim “The Ranger” Sullivan, is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, starting at 10 a.m. at the Herkimer County fairgrounds.
    Sullivan died unexpectedly on Sept. 24, 2007, at the age of 60 while out for a run. He was the father of festival director Matt Sullivan and his brothers Andy and Mike, and was an active committee member since the inception of the Great American Irish Festival. Because his shield number was “3115,” the race course has been set at 3.115 miles, just a bit longer than a 5K run.
    Page 2 of 2 - Those planning to run may register by visiting www.gaif.us by July 26 or by mail to GAIF Ranger Run, P.O. Box 455, Clinton, NY 13323 or at the fairgrounds on July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. or the day of the race from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20 if paid in advance and $30 on race day. All participants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt if they register by July 10. Registration entitles all runners to free admittance into the festival all day Saturday and one beverage token. There will be awards for the top male and female finishers in eight age categories.
    In other business, the board:
    • Authorized the mayor to sign a land offer agreement with Kevin Enea, who is purchasing a vacant village-owned parcel of land behind the Enea Family Funeral Home for $600; and an agreement with Central Paving, which is purchasing land adjacent to its business for $4,057.
    • Heard from fire Chief Charles Conigliaro that the department will be hosting a boot camp for firefighters the last week of June and the second week of July. Participants will be in Frankfort all day during those two weeks. The boot camp compresses what it usually a three-month course into two weeks, he said.
    • Heard from Conigliaro that bid specifications are complete for a new tanker/pumper for the fire department.
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