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Medina says phones expected to be out 2 more weeks at village offices

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 July 2020 at 4:05 pm

MEDINA – The phone system is expected to be down for two more weeks after it was damaged by a lightning strike on June 23.

The lightning hit the City Hall and Fire Department annex, and took out phone lines, computer servers, two computers and damaged the HVAC system. Fifteen phones were “fried” from the lightning.

Medina Mayor Mike Sidari said it may cost about $30,000 to fix or replace the damaged items. The village’s insurance company will cover all of the costs except Medina’s $1,000 deductible.

The Village Board met today to discuss the situation. Sidari said it won’t be a simple fix and could take another two weeks.

The drive-through window remains open at the Village Office on Park Avenue. For all emergency calls for the fire department and police department, dial 911, Sidari said.

For non-emergency calls for fire and police, call (585) 589-5527, which goes to the dispatch center at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

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