Salted with Sharks

Council Tables Deficit Elimination Plan, Treasurer to Phone State Tomorrow

In Breaking, Community Alert, Infrastructure and Planning, Village Money Situation on October 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Brief update on tonight’s meeting: Council voted to table the topic of the deficit reduction plan until they receive further guidance from the state, preferably in writing. The only documentation of the state’s interest in seeing a deficit reduction plan cited a report the state is supposedly preparing, to be delivered within 30 days of the state’s meeting with three village officials the last week of September. About 40 members of the public attended the meeting and several spoke. Four council members had come up with separate plans that would have cut no more than $58K from the budget. The general fund balance deficit must be reduced by over $100K per year for the next five years, according to Reggie Manville, who said he heard this from an unnamed person he described as “Snyder’s number two guy.” Manville said the state requested that no more than three village officials meet with their reps, because more than that might be a violation of the open meetings act. Reggie was the only member of council to meet with the rep (the others present were clerk Sharyn Bower and treasurer Laura Manville). According to Reggie, Sharyn Bower has been absent from work due to illness since last Friday, and that was the reason for the office closure on Friday and Monday this week. Laura took tonight’s meeting minutes.

In brighter news, Charlie Hendershott was honored by the village with a certificate of commendation for his service of over 40 years in the DPW department and he received a standing ovation. Longer report to follow.

A recording of the meeting:

  1. Thanks for all your hard work, Emily.

  2. 58k sounds like a great place to start!

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