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North Collins budget holds the line on costs and taxes

NEW TRUSTEES — Village North Collins Mayor Vincent George welcomed new trustees Kathleen Meyers, left, and Corinne Leone. The two were installed and sat in on their first village meeting on April 1.
NORTH COLLINS — “Our funds are on a solid basis. We have put together a budget that does not impact the taxpayer, while meeting the needs of the village,” said North Collins Village Mayor Vincent George.

His comments came at the conclusion of an April 1 public hearing about the proposed 2014 – 2015 village budget.

No public input was given about the $816,418 spending plan. Other than contractual increases, the budgets for the general and water funds showed little upward change from last year.

Water rates will remain the same, while the property tax rate will rise by 7 cents, to $13.07.

It was announced that the village is planning some aggressive work in the coming year, including the milling and paving of Elm Street, repairs at the railroad crossings and the continuation of the flood mitigation project.

Additional money from the town toward police and fire service, along with additional funding from the state in highway funds, helped to keep the budget in check.

With no stated objections, the budget was approved by the board.

Joining in the votes were newly seated trustees Kathleen Meyers and Corinne Leone.

Improvement projects were the topic of the bulk of the meeting.

A quote received from Imperial Door would modify the existing entrance to the village hall to be fully accessible; the cost will be $2,418.

The board also received estimates, ranging from $125,000 – $160,000, to modify the bay doors in the fire hall. Additional tests of the structure would also be required.

Also reviewed was an estimate to re-tile the floors in the village hall. That project would cost $4,195.

The village board learned that its request to continue the use of the Community Development Block Grant money it received for the water diversion project was approved. That approval came with a warning that, if the project is not completed by Nov. 15 of this year, the village would have one point removed in future grant requests.

Village Clerk Lynn Maciejewski reported researching long-distance phone service for the department of public works office.

George spoke about two milestones attained by local emergency service providers, this year. The North Collins Volunteer Fire Company will observe its 125th year and the North Collins Emergency Squad will note its 45th year of existence. “They both have done an outstanding job for the village for years,” the mayor said.

Dicci Montaldi was appointed to a five-year term on the village planning board, retroactive to this past February.

The board will meet again at 7 p.m. on May 6 in the village hall.

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