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Watkins cancels 2011 summer program

WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen village board agreed to cancel the 2011 summer recreation program due to lack of funds, at the Monday, April 18, village board meeting.
Mayor Mark Swinnerton said there is a $273,000 budget gap that the village needs to fill, and it cannot fund the summer recreation program this year. He added the program organizers and the village are looking for funding elsewhere.
“It doesn’t mean it goes away forever,” said Trustee Scott Gibson.
Gibson added that of the 90 children who attended last year’s program, only 29 were from the village. He said the village can’t ask taxpayers at the moment to shoulder the burden.
“We’ll revisit it for 2012,” said Swinnerton.
In other business:
The board approved payments for work on the village hall: $10,061 for electric heating, $5,779 for fuse panels and wiring, and $4,988 for light fixtures. The current projected finish date of the hall is the first week of June. Swinnerton added the fire department is interested in the unused bell on the village hall roof.
Clute Memorial Park Manager Michelle Hyde talked about erosion of the lake shore at the park. She added she is looking into the price of sand for the beach, which has also eroded away.
The board approved two utility adjustment requests. Swinnerton said one was on Steuben Street in the village. The owner’s sewer account was credited $179.01 due to a leak from an emergency situation. The other was from the town of Dix, on behalf of a resident.
A sweeper was declared surplus and will be auctioned. Streets Supervisor Don Perry said it was replaced with a new model two years ago.
The board also approved regular appointments for the year.
The next board meeting is Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m.




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