2011 spending to shrink in Fayette 01.05.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette council expects spending to fall considerably in 2011, and revenue will likely fall, as well.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said last week that the village revenue stream is likely to decrease this year because the state may hold onto more revenue to cover its own shortfalls.

Village administrator Amy Metz told council members at the Dec. 22 meeting that the proposed budget for 2011 shows significant savings.

Metz pointed out there’s a $123,000 difference between the beginning appropriations from 2010 and those for 2011. That represents a spending decrease of 11 percent.

“I think that’s very impressive,” she said.

INSURANCE—The village could save about $16,000 next year in health insurance costs by changing to a PPO and by increasing deductible and co-insurance levels.

Councilor Mike Maginn suggested the village government might help cover employees’ out-of-pocket costs. No salary increases have been granted in quite a while, he said, so this could help out. Out-of-pocket costs totaled $7,156 for eight employees, Zuver said.

The proposal will be discussed further at the committee level.

APPOINTMENTS—Council voted to re-appoint Tom Thompson as the village solicitor and Mark Powers as the prosecuting attorney to work with the police department in court cases.

CRUISER—Craig Carncross offered the high bid for the purchase of the 1999 Crown Victoria police cruiser. Carncross’s bid of $575 was accepted by council.

MAINTENANCE—Council heard the first reading of two proposed ordinance amendments.

The first covers lawn maintenance and adds wording about trees. The amendment calls for trees to be trimmed to provide 10 feet of clearance above the sidewalk and 15 feet above streets.

Trees must also be trimmed so that branches don’t block the light from streetlights shining on the road or sidewalk.

In addition, shrubbery should not be allowed to grow over a sidewalk, not obstruct the view of traffic and must allow access to utility meters.

The second amendment adds to the requirement for keeping sidewalks free of snow and ice. The amended version would require snow and ice to be removed from walks within 12 hours of the end of a snow event.

MEETINGS—Council’s meeting date is changing again. Starting in January, the regular meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. Committee-of-the-whole meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.

 

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