Garbage fees to increase
By Kathleen Falk
To establish the 2012-2013 budget, Nelsonville’s Village Board of Trustees scheduled a workshop for 6 p.m., Monday (March 26). The board members took the action at their meeting March 19 at the village meeting room in Nelsonville. The Nelsonville board also scheduled a second workshop for 6 p.m., on April 2; workshop sessions are public. The formal Nelsonville budget hearing will be held April 16, at a time to be announced. Nelsonville’s budget must be finalized by May 1.
The trustees’ meeting agenda also included the garbage and recycling bid, for which the board accepted a three-year contract from Royal Carting Service of Hopewell Junction. Under the contract, for the 2012-2013 budget year, Nelsonville’s monthly fee will be $4,977.51, which represents a monthly increase of $168.30, or yearly increase of $2,019.60. Village garbage-recycling costs will go up over the next two years as well, according to the contract, and be $5,126.83 per month in fiscal 2013-14 and $5,233.39 monthly in 2014-15.
Nelsonville’s board accepted a contract for the Putnam County Real Property Tax Service Agency to prepare the village’s tax bills for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and adopted a resolution endorsing a Town of Philipstown memorandum of understanding as part of town efforts to secure a local government efficiency grant to study consolidation of town and municipal courts, in addition to building inspection services. The support of other villages of the township is considered crucial if the town is to successfully secure the grant.
With the focus on safety awareness among teen drivers in the month of April, the trustees declared April 2012 as Teen Driver Safety Awareness Month in Putnam County in a resolution to:
encourage all levels of government, our school districts, law enforcement, our churches and synagogues, our youth services organization and all the citizens of Putnam County [to] support programs that promote teen driver safety awareness … [to protect] one of our most precious resources, our children and grandchildren.
Photo by K.Falk