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Village of North Collins reorganizes, adopts budget

TOKEN OF APPRECIATION — North Collins Village Mayor Vincent George, left, presents a plaque of appreciation to past Trustee Paul Lawton II. Lawton did not seek reelection to the board this year after 12 years of service. (Photo by Larry Wroblewski)
The North Collins Village Board held its annual reorganizational and budget hearing meeting on April 3, and recently elected Trustees Brenda Bauer-Petrus and Karen Denne were installed into office.

Mayor Vincent George submitted and the village board adopted a budget of $763,733.18, representing an increase of $17,543.18 over the current year. The resultant tax rate will increase 40 cents per thousand of assessed valuation to $12.81.

George reported that no major projects or purchases are planned this year and all departments will function with budgets similar to this year. He pinned the increase on dramatic increases in mandatory contributions to retirement, Workmen’s Compensation and Police Department Retirement funding.

The garbage collection cost will also rise by $3.41 this year as part of the current contract.

Water rates will remain unchanged; however, residents will begin seeing a $50 surcharge on their quarterly bills beginning later this year to fund the massive rehabilitation of the village water system. The surcharge will remain the same for a five-year period.

George also gave out his assignments, which see him as Building Inspector and Police Commissioner. Trustee assignments are: Brenda Bauer-Petrus, Deputy Mayor, Helmuth Fire Control, Emergency Services Liaison; Karen Denne, Public Works, Property Maintenance and Parks; Jennie Alessi, Fire Liaison, Dog Control Liaison and School, Public and Employee Safety; Paul Carozzi, Water Liaison and Employee Relations.

The board also presented past Trustee Paul Lawton II with a plaque in appreciation of his 12 years of service to the village.

The board also authorized advertising for a Laborer and a Deputy Clerk. The clerk position became open when Karen Denne was elected to the board. Village Clerk Kathleen Myers thought that with the recent upgrade to the computer system, she could absorb the Deputy Clerk duties, however, Trustee Alessi thought it prudent to maintain the position to ensure a backup in the Clerk’s office if needed.

Director of Public Works Michael Perry was officially medically cleared to return to full duties with the department, and reported on plans to pave Kimble and Railroad avenues this year, and also perform some work on Franklin. He will flush hydrants beginning April 30 through May 2.

The board authorized advertising for a Request for Proposal from engineering firms toward the flood mitigation project in the Harrison-Park area. Village Attorney Richard Schaus noted that funding for the project is slim but endorsed the idea. He told the board that it could accept, reject or negotiate any proposals that were submitted. Any proposals received will be opened at the next village board meeting on May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

It was announced that the Village Police Department would participate in the unused drug collection effort on April 28 from 10 am to 2 pm. It marks the first time the department has joined the effort. Residents can bring in unused prescription medications for proper disposal with no questions asked.

The board approved payment of bills for March in the amount of $28,420.06, and then adjourned.
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