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Village proposes 1 percent tax levy increase

MONTOUR FALLS—The Montour Falls village board held a public hearing on the 2010-11 budget, Monday, April 19, but did not vote.
Clerk Suzanne Casselberry said at this point, the proposed tax levy increase is one percent.  The total budget is $1,296,067.53.
No one from the public made comments on the budget.  The village board decided to hold off on voting until the next meeting, in case some costs changed, including rearranging a line item for the fire department.
In other business:
The board also allowed village sidewalks to be colored with purple chalk to guide people from the Mechanics Club to the Fire Station, for a Relay for Life fundraiser, on May 1.
John King’s resignation from the village planning board was approved, as he is now on the village board.  He said he didn’t know who would take his seat.
A Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement with Bruce Nelson was approved for the former Rural Urban Center project.  Trustee Jim Howell explained that over a certain amount of time, the property owner pays less than he/she would normally.  Once that period is over, regular payments begin.  It is an incentive program done through Industrial Development Agencies.
The board approved pre-authorization to pay contracts and utility bills, in case the village does not hold a regularly scheduled meeting.
The board thanked Lloyd Wetherbee, Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District employee, for the wall-sized zoning map.
Two different requests came in to plant trees in memorial of someone, at the Bennett Hill Park and the Falls Park.  The board decided to contact each person.  For the Falls Park, no plans included trees, but the board will suggest a marker on a bench or shrubbery in memorial.  Trustee Phil Smith said there are already a number of trees at Bennett Hill Park.  The board talked about a marker on a bench or at the base of an existing tree.
The board will hold off on looking for a full time public works superintendent.  Smith said the lawyer approved the village waiting until there was enough money in reserve to pay for a full time position.  This could take about a year.
The village will advertise for another seasonal DPW employee.
The joint town/village clean-up day will be May 8.
King suggested the village have something in the code of ethics covering the sorting and storage of e-mails.
Fire Chief Tom Carson brought some parking concerns to the board.  He said there are two locations where unlicensed cars for sale are parked on the side of the road.  He explained the areas are not for parking, but it is not posted as such.
Resident Scott Miller approached the board about allowing golf carts in the Village Marina.  He had offered up ways to regulate them in the marina, including for full-time campers only, charging a fee, and requiring insurance.  However, golf carts are not allowed on village streets, which includes the main road into the marina.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
 




 


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