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Deferiet passes budget, approves measures

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DEFERIET — During its April 3 meeting, the village Board of Trustees approved the 2013-14 budget and a request from the fire department, granted employees a floating holiday and made plans to install an exterior door.

With no one to speak at the public hearing, the board approved the $4,583,065 budget. It includes the second part of a $3,913,452 joint water project with the village of Herrings, of which $2.5 million is grant-funded and the difference is paid by a 30-year, interest-free state loan. The budget carries a $235,322 tax levy, or amount to be raised through property taxes, with property owners paying a tax rate of $9 per $1,000 of assessed value, the same as this year. The levy in the 2012-13 budget was $245,497.

Mayor Janet M. Zando said the budget was tweaked to allow for a reduction in the sewer and water payments starting in June, down to $275 from $300 per quarter.

“Repairs to the waste treatment plant will reduce electric bills,” she said.

A recent change to the employee handbook caused some confusion as to which holidays Department of Public Works employees had off.

The handbook gave the one full-time and one part-time employee New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas off. Mayor Zando pointed out there was no pay increase in the new budget since the salaries were realigned last year.

“I would like to do something for them based on their attitude and willingness to do anything asked of them,” the mayor said.

The board agreed to allow one floating holiday to be taken at the discretion of the workers with the stipulation that they both not take the same day off.

The fire department drill team was granted permission on a trial basis to use the roadway in front of the station for practice two times a week in the early evening.

To keep the area in the municipal building that houses the mailboxes a separate entity, it was agreed to install an exterior door. A window will be removed in order to install the door, with the work done by Spencer Contracting, Carthage.

The board also appointed Jeremy Brotherton to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Villagewide cleanup was scheduled for May 14 and 15. Electronics including televisions and computers will be recycled at no cost to the village or the resident. Tires, batteries and paint will not be included in the pickup.

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