Board addresses matters of fish and flags as well as finances
By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
Nelsonville’s newly reconstituted Village Board dealt with finances, fish and flags at its formal monthly meeting on Monday (April 15).
The board consists of three members elected in March: Mayor Chris Caccamise (formerly a trustee) and Trustees Lisa Mechaley and Dove Pedlosky. They join incumbent Trustees Michael Bowman and Dave Moroney.
The board members voted unanimously to adopt a budget of $325,378 for fiscal 2019-20. The new budget, which takes effect on June 1, includes about $5,000 more spending than the current year, an increase of 1.5 percent.
The budget anticipates the village will collect about $285,000 in property taxes; $4,600 from licenses, permits and fees; $12,000 in rent from the old firehouse used by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department; and $10,000 in state aid.
Expenses include about $135,000 to fund the village governance, including $10,600 for trustee salaries ($2,650 each) and the mayor’s $4,500 pay; $34,000 for the village clerk; $24,000 in employee benefits; $15,500 for building needs; $2,000 for records management; and $29,500 for legal expenses.
The latter are comprised of $10,500 for the village attorney and $19,000 for other attorney services, compared to the total of $15,000 budgeted for 2018-19. According to Village Clerk Mindy Jesek, the increased allocation stems from ongoing concern about lawsuits that followed the village’s denial of a permit for a cellphone tower.
The budget also provides about $42,000 for fire protection, paid to Cold Spring; $16,000 for street maintenance; $10,400 for snow removal; and $66,000 for trash collection.
The board plans to take $1,635 from its reserves to fill the gap between spending and revenue.
In other business, the board unanimously:
- Pledged $500 to the Nelsonville Fish & Fur Club’s Annual Kids’ Fish Derby, scheduled for May 5 at the Cold Spring reservoir on Fishkill Road.
- Approved the purchase of 15 American flags, at $37 each, to replace the tattered set along Main Street.
- Agreed to make Bowman deputy mayor and to re-appoint Bill Bujarski as building inspector.