Farwell adopts $397K budget at special meeting

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

With six of seven Council members present at a special meeting February 27, the board adopted the 2012-2013 amended budget 6-0 and the new 2013-2013 fiscal year budget  5-1 with Council member Vicky Gunden dissenting. Council member Delores Knepper was absent.

The new budget’s expenses are up slightly from this year’s budget. General Fund expenses, totaling $383,341 for the year just ending, will increase by $13,475 to $396,816.

Expenses were also slightly higher for the Local Streets, but decreased slightly in Major Streets, Sewer Fund and more than $5,500 in the Water Fund. Over the four funds expenses are projected to decrease a total of $7,646.

The budget for the coming year will use some of the Village’s fund balance in the General Fund – $65,971.00 reducing the fund balance total from $547,907 to $481,936; the Major Street Fund – $6,919.00, decreasing that fund balance from $171,522 to $164,603; and the  Local Street Fund – $353.00. lowering that fund balance from $131,032 to $130,679.

Estimated revenues will increase the fund balance in both the Sewer Fund and the Water Fund, increasing the Sewer Fund by $19,421 from $295,445 to $314,866 and the Water Fund balance by $13,622 from a beginning balance of $320,039 to an ending balance of $333,661.

For the coming year: General Fund revenues are budgeted at $330,845 and expenses total $396,816. Major Streets revenues are budgeted at $126,393 while expenses total $133,312. Local Street revenues are listed at $49,568 and expenses are budgeted at $49,921. Sever Fund revenues are projected at $176,705 and expenses total $157,284.

*Water Fund revenues are listed at $152,900 while expenses total $139,278.

At the Village’s regular monthly meeting March 4th, Council members approved several motions made at the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 19.

They approved:

*an intergovernmental contract with Harrison,

*authorized changes in the Village light service by Consumer’s Energy,

*approved excavation by Harsh for waterline/valve repair,

*added $1,344 to the budget for zoning officer expenses and meetings,

*approved an audit by Weinlander-Fitzhugh in May,

*authorized attendance at the Clerk Institute in March and Clerk Conference in June,

*approved the Save Routes project Engineering invoice totaling $20,133.74,

*adopted a resolution for credit card policy use and set the credit limit at $1,000,

*approved Tracy Lee to attend Market Master Boot Camp in March,

*approved monthly East Michigan Council of Governments meetings for Lee to attend.

New business at the meeting included a budget item increase to provide pay to Lee for attending meetings as part of her employment, adding up to 3 hours to her monthly schedule. Council member Gunden objected. “I think we just keep spending, spending.” The increase passed 6-1 with Gunden voting no.

The Council also heard reports from Department of Public Works Superintendent John Koch, Zoning Administrator Rod Williams and County Commissioner Lynn Grim.

They approved a resolution giving the Clerk, Village President and President Pro-tem authority to apply for a credit card and approved February bills totaling $22,797.96.

Mt. Pleasant State Police Community Service Trooper Michael White spoke briefly saying he was available for non-emergency concerns. He is one of 21 CSTs across the State. They also provide special safety programs for schools.

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