Express News Staff
SPECULATOR--The Speculator Village Board of Trustees has set Monday, April 14, as the date to hold a Public Hearing on its proposed 2014/15 budget.
When it met on Monday, March 24, it held a Public Hearing on Local Law #1 2014, that would permit the village to override the tax cap.
No one from the public was present at the meeting. After closing the public hearing, the board unanimously agreed to pass the local law. This does not mean the budget will exceed the cap and it does not require the budget to exceed the cap. It only gives the board authority to pass a budget that exceeds the cap if necessary to adopt a proper and sustainable budget for Speculator in its coming fiscal year.
Now with only a few weeks to go before the hearing on the budget, the board agreed to hold a budget workshop on Monday, April 7, starting at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Highway Superintendent Roger Blanchard reported he now has two quotes for the ailing oil boiler at the Fire House.
Allen and Palmer True Value, Northville, is quoting $6,280 for a commercial boiler and A. Johnson Plumbing and Heating, Gloversville is quoting $10,090.
Because of the large difference between the quotes, the board asked Blanchard to get more detailed information so the board could make an intelligent decision.
Mayor Letty Rudes said, “We want to compare apples to apples.”
The problem with the 25-year-old boiler is it smokes sometimes and efforts to adjust the fuel to air ratio are not solving the problem.
Blanchard reported the new Mack truck had an alternator problem and was sent back to the dealer to replace the alternator which is under warranty.
Blanchard also reported the Department of Labor pulled an inspection on the department the previous week. Blanchard said, “I think it went well but I don’t have the official report yet.”
Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie Page reported $995 has been received by the Village from the County for stumpage value remitted by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands for commercial cutting completed on property located in the Village.
With voting on the Village budget nearing, the board agreed to raise the amount paid to election inspectors to $12 per hour.
The next regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will be on Monday, April 14, starting at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.