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Mohawk, Fonda eye agreements

September 17, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Mohawk Supervisor Greg Rajkowski said the town will work with the village on two of Fonda Mayor Bill Peeler's three proposals for cooperative agreements between the two municipalities.

Rajkowski said Thursday's meeting produced an agreement for the moving of the village's salt stockpile to Mohawk's property and the placement of a dumpster on town property to help with a fall cleanup.

According to Rajkowski, the village's salt storage will be moved from the Fonda Fire Department's parking lot -where space is an issue - to the town's property. The village will pay a lease contract of $100 on a trial basis, as well as pay replenishment costs for its salt storage. The village will have full access to its holdings on town property.

"I think what the board wanted to do was do it for a year and see if it worked out," Rajkowski said.

The other agreement was the placement of a dumpster on town of Mohawk property so the village can have a fall clean up. According to Rajkowski, the dumpster would not be available for garbage, but for unwanted items like old mattresses.

The village will be able to use the town property if it pays for its own dumpster and does not schedule its clean-up on the same day as the town's. This is a similar to an arrangement the two municipalities had in the spring.

The town turned down a proposal to plow Park and Cemetery streets for the village, a plan proposed by Peeler.

Currently, the plowing of Park and Cemetery streets are still the village's responsibility. Rajkowski said there were concerns with labor and costs. He said the town was concerned about wear and tear on equipment and the cost of salt.

Also, under the current contract with the Highway Department's employees, an employee must be paid for at least four hours of work, regardless of working less than that. Rajkowski said that if the town needed to salt just Cemetery Street, it would pay four hours of overtime for a half-hour of work.

Rajkowski also said he has been speaking with Peeler on consolidating work and employees, such as code enforcement officers and possibly fire departments.

Peeler could not be reached for comment.

Arthur Cleveland is the Montgomery County Reporter. He can be reached at



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