CENTERBURG — A routine Village Council meeting Monday night at Town Hall focused largely on budget issues as well as taxation, insurance and utility matters.
Council approved the expenditure of $39,000 for two current projects and was advised of federal moneys received to offset $5,500 in 2012 costs. Mid-Ohio Paving was awarded $33,000 for a project to widen and re-pave Leonard Avenue from North Clayton Street to Garden Street. An allocation of $6,000 was approved for removal of trees by Oberlander’s Tree Service as recommended by the Shade Tree Committee. A $5,500 reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency represented 88 percent of the village’s costs associated with last June’s derecho storm.
Village Clerk Teri James presented a preliminary 2014 budget. It will be discussed by council during a special meeting on Saturday, April 27, beginning a process aimed at a final budget by July.
Council began work in opposition to Ohio House Bill 5, which is designed to revise and make uniform the laws governing income taxes imposed by municipalities. Local objections to the proposed law focus on unfunded mandates and projected revenue losses. Council set a course to issue a formal resolution of opposition during its next meeting.
Property and liability insurance coverage from Ohio Plan Risk Management was approved at a rate 6.5 percent higher than in 2012. The basic premium is $14,548, and council approved an additional $1,165 to increase limits of liability to $6 million.
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