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Dresden village board 2/8/12

    Meeting:  The Dresden village board met Wednesday, Feb. 8, for 45 minutes.
    Attendance:  Tom McGuigan was the only board member absent.  There were three members of the public in the audience.
    Action:  Telog Instruments was approved to come install a new program to track the amount of water received from Penn Yan.  The cost is $195.
    Discussion without action:  Darrel Daggett, town resident, asked about the town of Torrey not agreeing to a fire contract with the village.  Mayor Joe Gibson said the village had to set a deadline of Feb. 15.  Fire Chief Warren Zimmerman said the fire department needs an answer because if the town will not use their service then they will have to liquidate or downsize. There is insurance to cover the village and the fire department.  The board decided the village needs a deadline to get this problem resolved.  Zimmerman added Dresden and Torrey need to come to an agreement.
    • Gibson discussed the Ford 2000 replacement.  U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development has approved the village for submission of a full application to be filed for a new tractor. There will be a grant in the amount of $5,000 and the balance of $54,000 will be in a loan for 10 years at 3.75 percent. The village has to contribute a share of the cost in the amount of about $7,500. The payments will be $6,576 a year.
    • Department of Public Works Superintendent Brian Ellis will remove a tree limb that is hanging over first base of the baseball field.
    • With the state’s property tax cap limit in place, the village is looking to pass a law to exceed the allowable amount.  This would be done as a precaution to avoid any problems if the village should exceed the limit.  At this time the budget will not go over the limit and it looks like the tax rate will decrease or hold steady.
    Bids/purchases over $1,000:  A computer program was purchased for $1,200 (plus an annual fee of $475) to allow water costumers to check their accounts online.  The clerk-treasurer can make a change and the customer can see the change almost immediately. The customers would also have the ability to pay their bill on line with a small fee to the payment facility.
    Appointments/resignations:  There is one planning board position still vacant. The village also needs a representative for the Yates County Planning Board.
    Upcoming meetings:  The next Dresden village board meeting is Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 





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