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Dresden village board 04/07/10

Meeting:  The Dresden village board met, Wednesday, April 7, for one hour and 35 minutes.
Attendance:  Thomas McGuigan was the only board member absent.  There were 15 members of the public in the audience
Action:  The board approved the village’s budget for 2010-11.  Clerk Terry Dilts said the total budget is $435,283.  The tax levy increase is .456 percent.  Dilts explained there was no increase in the water rate, and the only reason the tax levy went up was because of construction costs and normal wage increases.
• All bids for a tractor were turned down by the board.  The possibility of getting a grant or loan to cover costs came up during discussion.
• The department of public works went to a 10 hour workday, as of Thursday, April 8.
• The board also approved appointments, including clerk, DPW superintendent, and village attorney.  Mayor Loujane Johns said the board would do some recruiting to fill the still empty seats on the planning and zoning boards.
• A full audit of the village will be scheduled as soon as possible.
Discussion without action:  Johns discussed having a village hall meeting, where residents could come and voice concerns.  No date will be set until McGuigan returns from Florida.
• The fire department will be applying for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for a rescue truck.  The department was already awarded $72,000 for equipment and a vehicle exhaust system at the firehouse.  The department will also be applying for funds from the Department of Environmental Conservation for a water pump and shovels.
• Spring leaf pickup for the village will run until May 14.
Bids/purchases over $1,000: The village’s 1998 Chevy water truck had a major transmission problem, and is unable to go into reverse on occasion.  Superintendent John Stryker said it was inspected and the transmission needs to be replaced.  He had a quote for $2,723.  The board approved the fix.
Appointments/resignations:  The results from the March 16 election were explained.  McGuigan got 20 write-in votes, winning the seat Dan Egburtson, 18 votes, was running for.  McGuigan is currently in Florida, but accepted the position.  He must take the oath of office by April 30.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular village board meeting is Wednesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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