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The Times
  • Dolgeville considering ban on synthetic drugs

  • The village of Dolgeville is looking to implement a ban on the sale and possession of synthetic drugs.

    During Monday night’s meeting of the village board of trustees, Police Chief Richard Congdon proposed implementing a local law banning the sale and possession of synthetic drugs, including bath salts.

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  • The village of Dolgeville is looking to implement a ban on the sale and possession of synthetic drugs.
    During Monday night’s meeting of the village board of trustees, Police Chief Richard Congdon proposed implementing a local law banning the sale and possession of synthetic drugs, including bath salts.
    Recently, the village had a scare after an incident that involved bath salts.
    On June 25, Daniel Nellis was apprehended by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office after he was found armed and running around the village yelling. Police sized over 170 weapons at 53 Dolge Ave., several of which were loaded.  Nellis underwent a mental health evaluation after the incident.
    Congdon said the 39-year old confessed to using bath salts.
    The night before the incident Nellis was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Fulton County and was issued a traffic ticket, said Congdon, adding no charges were filed against Nellis for the incident that occurred on June 25.
    The village plans to use the same law banning synthetic drugs implemented by the city of Rome.
    Congdon said he will work with Village Attorney Norman Mastromoro to create the ban.
    He added he hopes to have the law completed and ready for board approval in August.
    In other business, Mayor Bruce Lyon allowed public comment at the end of each department head’s report. Lyon said by adding the extra public comment period it allowed for those in attendance to have their questions answered more quickly and efficiently. “If someone has a specific question for a department they can ask the department head right after their report. This way questions can be answered directly from the department head and the person does not have to sit through the entire meeting waiting to ask one question,” said Lyon. The extra comment period was agreed upon by the board in April, but hasn’t been used due to the previous lack of public attendance.
    •Resident Barbara Boucher talked about a dog that had been left outside of a Dolgeville residence from Friday night until Sunday morning. Although the dog was given food and water by police, Boucher said she found it frustrating to watch the dog remain outside in the summer heat.
    The dog was later reunited with its owner.
    Congdon said the owner was in the process of moving and left the dog at the residence.
    No citations were given to the owner.
    Congdon said there has not been too many dog complaints and this was an unusual circumstance.
    Boucher suggested the village and the police department become more knowledgeable of animal control situations and area dog control officers since a dog control officer had not been called to the residence and no citations were given. Currently the village of Dolgeville does not have a dog control officer. For those living in the township of Oppenheim the dog control officer is William Lints and those under the township of Manheim the dog control officer is Keneth Decker.
    Page 2 of 2 - •Department of Public Works Superintendent John Houle announced no motor vehicles of any kind are allowed on the railroad trail in the village. Houle said concrete barriers with reflectors have been set up throughout the trail. “It’s important that people know the barricades are on the trail because of pedestrians walking and biking, as well as the unfamiliarity of the barricades,” he said. “A person traveling at a high rate of speed on a four-wheeler could easily hit the concrete barricade because they were unaware of it’s presence.” The barricades begin on both sides of State Street, Spencer Street and Main Street. The trail is part of the Salisbury Greenway Trail.
    Houle said the village is doing its part to keep up the trail that goes through the village. Recently, the village received a $11,950 grant from Herkimer County HealthNet for trail maintenance. The trail has been closed off to motor vehicles since May 1, and will open to snowmobiles on Dec. 1.

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