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Council adopts fiscally responsible budget for 2013

NORTH TONAWANDA - The North Tonawanda Common Council went into special session during the Tuesday night council meeting to adopt the 2013 Budgets.

The council unanimously adopted the following:

The 2013 General Fund Budget in the amount of $35,355,401.00; the Water Fund Budget in the amount of $3,012,700.00; the Sewer Fund Budget in the amount of $4,493, 800.00; and the Capital Improvement Fund Budget in the amount of $3,209,925.00.

A public hearing was held Thursday, Nov. 8, during which residents were given the opportunity to voice their concerns. Not many concerns were raised, as the budget did not raise taxes.

“I think this was a fiscally responsible budget,” said Third Ward Alderman Eric Zadzilka. “I would like to thank the council and the mayor for putting together a good budget session and a budget that was effective. This is good for the city. There are several people that have worked hard on this for a month or more. They put a lot of work into this budget and I feel it is fiscally responsible.”

Ortt added, “I just want to thank the council for their deliberation of the budget. I think we passed a very fiscally responsible budget. I am glad there are no tax increases, or water and sewer increases. When you are able to that - it’s hard - but, it’s always well worth it.”

During the regular session of the meeting, the council was happy to approve the appointment of David Scott as the new Superintendent of Water/Wastewater, effective Jan. 1.

Scott has worked in the Water/Wastewater Department for approximately 30 years and currently holds the position of Chief Operator.

Scott thanked the mayor and the council for appointing him as superintendent.

“Next month I will have 30 years at the wastewater plant. I started off at the lowest position there and now I am at the highest position,” said Scott. “It’s really a good feeling and that’s going to carry over into my new position. I will do the best job that I possibly can. I appreciate the confidence you [the mayor and the council] have in me.”

In other city news:

• The council approved the renewal agreement between the city and Diane Sheehan to continue providing Youth Court and First Offender services as an independent contractor. The agreement will continue through Dec. 31, 2013.

• The city will continue to arrange leaf pick-up times throughout the city until the first snowfall, and will mostly likely arrange for a spring pick-up as well for after the snow melts.

• A Common Council Workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at city hall, 216 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.
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