MAYVILLE - The village's 2012-13 budget proposal which keeps the current property tax rate unchanged received unanimous approval by the Mayville Board of Trustees during a special meeting Monday, April 16.
A week previous at the regular monthly session, newly-elected Trustees Tye Flurie and Sharon Smead both said they wanted more time to ask questions about, as well as study, the proposed budget. Flurie said he was "uneasy" with portions of the budget, but did not elaborate at the time. Before the special meeting Flurie explained one of the reasons he ran for trustee was, "to change the way things are run." Both he and Smead noted that newly-elected trustees don't get enough time for a detailed look at the new budget proposal.
"We weren't part of any discussion or the process," Flurie said.
Photo by Dave O’Connor
Members of the Village of Westfield Board of Trustees had to hold a special meeting to pass the 2012-13 budget. From left to right are board member Tye Flurie; board member Sharon Smead; Mayor Martin Bova, Jr.; Village Clerk John G. Crandall; and board member H. Tim Jacobson.
Mayor Martin Bova, Jr., pointed out that work on the budget began months ago, but the village elections held March 20 means new trustees come late to the process.
If any changes had been made to the budget a public hearing would have been required followed by another special meeting, all before May 1.
Mayville's property tax rates remains at $7.20 per 1,000 in the new budget. The property tax is estimated to raise $709,041 of the village's $1,212,161 general budget.
At the regular meeting, new hours were unanimously approved for the Mayville clerk's office. Starting April 16, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The roster of Mayville Fire Department officers was unanimously approved as follows: Ronald Trippy, Chief; Ryan Hardenburg, First Assistant Chief; Arthur Glen Giles, Second Assistant Chief; Noel Guttman, Third Assistant Chief; and Joyce A. Mathews, Rescue Squad Captain.
Micheal J. Bolender was appointed village attorney with the firm of Clark and Whipple, LLP designated for legal tasks as an as needed basis.
The board asked the DPW Superintendent to search "the community" to find candidates for a permanent full-time laborer.
A late-model Cub Cadet M60KH mower was declared surplus because it doesn't have roll-over protection and can not be retrofitted with same. It along with some other surplus items will be disposed of in the "best interest of the village property record."