Mt. Gilead Village Council plans for budget cuts
By Taylor Kaser -
Council member Steve Hart stated that council will have to consider ways to trim the villages budget while still maintaining services. Hart stated they must start considering cut backs for 2013 at the councils December 3 meeting. Cuts will be discussed in further detail at council’s next meeting. Hart noted that there is a departure from what was budgeted for, and what revenue is coming in.
A proposed service area agreement between the village and Del-Co water sparked discussion about village planning for the future. Forecasting possible development areas will play into water and electric lines.
Council member Ed Kline said that council is considering putting another fire levy on the spring ballot. Kline noted that the current levy for the fire department runs out at the end of this year.
Kline also said that the village is working with County Development Director Pat Davies to establish a Community Reinvestment Area, an are that would encourage development in the village. For proposed businesses in this area, the village would offer tax abatements and other incentives to developers. To set up an area, cooperation is needed from the school and the county.
Further development area is available in almost every direction of the village, especially to the east, said Council member Tim Clapper, with options to expand sewer and electric service.
Police Chief Brian Zerman reported that his department has handled over 200 calls for the month of November and issued 95 charges.
About 330 total calls were handled by the fire department, said Chief Don Staiger, with 12 responses for November.
Most of the waterline replacement project on W. Marion Rd. is complete, said Village Administrator Dan Rogers, about 80% of the line is connected. In about two weeks, said Rogers, the new line should be fully operational. He also noted that winterizing of lines at the sewer facilities are underway. Otherwise he reported that things are running “smooth.”
All bills were approved for payment. Council also approved the adoption of the Whetstone Watershed Development plan.
Council will next meet Dec. 17, 7 p.m in the Municpal building.