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  • Dolgeville athletic director proposes changes to district’s weight room

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  • DOLGEVILLE — Lifting weights is not just a guy thing.
    That’s according to Dolgeville Central School Athletic Director John Huddleston who approached the district’s Board of Education last week with a proposal to open the high school’s weight room to female students and female faculty and staff.
    “The room is not just for our guys, it’s for all of our students. It would be a real positive for the entire school if our female students and personnel could get in there and work out during the day,” he said. “The equipment is there for everyone to use.”
    Huddleston proposed having three times throughout the day - 6 to 7 a.m., 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - when the weight room would be open to women.
    “Not only would this be a positive for our girls’ athletic teams, but it would be a positive for all of the girls in our school who would like to work out but are a little tentative because of the number of guys who are in the weight room at one time,” he said.
    Huddleston added female teachers have expressed an interest in supervising the room when it would be open to female students. He said the teacher would be required to have experience with weight training and be certified in CPR and first aid to supervise.
    “I don’t think that’s too much to ask, because the room should be supervised by someone who is certified in CPR and first aid in the event an emergency were to occur,” he said. “It makes sense to have someone who is trained in how to handle an emergency there.”
    Board of Education President Karen Nagle said she was in favor of the proposal.
    “It would be great for our students and our faculty and staff,” she said. “We might even see the number of girls using the weight room increase. It’s something worth trying.”
    Board member Peter Jaikin suggested closing the weight room to individuals who are no longer a student at the school or who are not employed by the district.
    “It’s just not safe to have someone who is not a student or a teacher come into the school and use the weight room,” he said. “Especially with all that is going on in schools now.”
    Board member David Clark cited the incident involving 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, who earlier this week fired at least a half-dozen shots from a rifle from inside McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., at officers who were swarming outside the campus. Hill surrendered shortly after and several weapons were found.
    Though the school has a system where visitors must be buzzed in by staff, Hill may have slipped inside behind someone authorized to be there. Hill, who had no clear ties to the school, never got past the front office, where he held employees captive for a time.
    Page 2 of 3 - “That school had a system in place and there was still an incident there,” said Clark. “Who’s to say a former student using the weight room couldn’t sneak someone in that shouldn’t be in the school? It’s not safe to have outside people use the weight room.”
    Nagle agreed with Clark and Jaikin. “If we had the facilities I could see the school opening them to the public, but the district’s weight room is not that big and it really isn’t meant for community use,” she said. “It’s meant for our students and employees to use.”
    Superintendent Christine Reynolds said the board, after reviewing Huddleston’s proposal, could take action on the change to the weight room at their next meeting.
    By ROB JUTEAU
    Times Staff Writer
    DOLGEVILLE — A dozen village of Dolgeville residents petitioned the board of trustees last Monday evening to condemn the rental property at 6 Dunckel St.
    “We’d like to see the house condemned and demolished,” said Dunckel Street resident Marcia Bowers. “The house is in poor condition and is infested with pests. I’ve had to throw away groceries because of the cockroaches that have entered my home. I’ve had to clean my home time and time again because of the cockroaches that have made their way from that house to mine. I’ve even had to spend $600 to have Orkin come and spray. The home needs a roof, it needs plumbing, it needs a furnace, it needs electrical wiring - something has to be done because it’s not fit for people to live in.”
    Property owner Evelyn Mooan said she recently paid to have trash removed from the residence and also called Orkin to rid the home of cockroaches and other pests.
    “The property has been cleaned and the pests and insects could have come from outside sources like a grocery store. It’s still a nice home,” the Boonville resident said.
    Mooan added the roof, which village Trustees Donna Loucks and Mary Puznowski said appears as though it is about to cave in, does not leak.
    “I find that hard to believe,” said Puznowski. “There’s no way that house does not need a new roof. You can tell by looking at it from the outside that it is buckling.”
    “The home has fallen into disrepair,” said Loucks. “The neighbors have to come to us four or five times with complaints about this property and something has to be done. It’s not enough to fix the property up after there is a complaint, it needs to be maintained.”
    Mooan said she rents the apartments at 6 Dunckel St. to low- and moderate-income families and individuals. She said some of the home’s previous tenants left their personal belongings and other items at the residence when the moved out.
    Page 3 of 3 - “That’s why I had to get a 22-foot dumpster to haul all of that away,” she said. “There’s no trash or junk in and around the building. It’s all been cleaned up and hauled away.”
    Bowers disagreed with Mooan. “There’s still trash and garbage behind the garage,” she said. “The home is still in bad condition. I don’t want to see her rent it out again.”
    One of the property’s units is currently occupied, said Mooan.
    “Unfortunately the home has been let go for years,” said Mayor Bruce Lyon. “It hasn’t been maintained and now it’s almost to the point of where it might not be able to be saved. It’s sad to see because at one time that was a nice looking home.”
    Mooan said her family members’ recent health issues had a role in the home’s demise.
    “We are just starting to get caught up on what we need to do,” she said, adding she has provided receipts of purchases made to improve the home to village Code Enforcement Officer Barry Vickers. “We’re doing the things we need to do to take care of the home.”
    Lyon said Mooan would remain in contact with Vickers and would have to perform all of the repairs he deems necessary in order for the property to avoid being condemned.
    “We’re going to let Barry do his job. In addition, the village board has the option of taking action as the board of health which could condemn the home, if need be,” he said.
    “The home needs to be taken care of and it needs to be kept up,” said Loucks. “We cannot continue to have the neighbors and other residents come to us with complaints.”
    “It’s a beautiful neighborhood and we’d like to keep it that way,” said Puznowski. “Things have gone down hill for too long when it comes to that house and it’s going to take a lot of work to get it out of the condition that it’s in.”

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