The Bradford Village Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening, June 23, to conduct follow-up business during a special board meeting. Although the meeting only lasted 10 minutes, the board of trustees unanimously approved three ordinances by roll call vote.
These ordinances had been discussed in the June 8 monthly board meeting, but required a roll call vote, which had not been performed at that time. Passed were the 2015 prevailing wage, word changes for the clerk/collector, and the standardizing of fines and violation procedure ordinances.
The Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) clarification by the village engineer Judd Giffin for the East Main Street project was tabled due to a lack of a report from Giffin.
Approval for a Tax Increment Fund (TIF) measure for Purtscher Oil Company was unanimously approved with the first payment not occurring until 2017. Payments will be $10,000 each year for three years.
The reason given for the Purtscher Oil TIF payout being delayed was because the TIF account does not have adequate funds available until 2017 to pay Purtschers. Purtschers has recently rebuilt the structure at their location at 248 West Main Street.
Approved was the fiscal year 2015-16 budget tax appropriation of $779,860 with the water and sewer department earmarked for $219,422 of that total. The TIF district fund was appropriated at $130,300 and $88,426 allocated for the general fund.
Committee meetings were held after the special board meeting was adjourned. The TIF, Grants Committee was informed that the village received a first check of $3,200 from the CDAP (Community Development Assistance Program) grant in regards to the reverse osmosis (R/O) emergency filtration project.
The filtration project entails installing another set of filters in front of the R/O membrane filtration system to alleviate sediment and debris from entering the membrane filters, thus shortening their service life.
Membrane filters cost thousands of dollars apiece to replace if damaged or worn out, so installing cheaper pre-filters is a cost-saving measure.
Village President Henry Waldinger stated regarding the TIF funds, “Right now with Green Gables being backed up a year, we’re going to have to wait until 2017 before we start getting anything in from that.
“So, we won’t be able to start Purtschers until then for that reason. We’ll be running very close. At the end of next year, we’ll be down to $7,057.”
The Community Improvements and Events committee discussed plans for this year’s Bradford Labor Day Celebration. Assignments were made for the various events scheduled during the three day event.
The car show will be scheduled for its ninth year, several bands are set to play during the three days and possibly an “open microphone” evening could occur, plus many other events that have become a mainstay of the celebration.
Those events include, but are not limited to: A movie for young children, sidewalk painting at Elsie Hodges Park, a pancake breakfast, frog jumping contest, water fights, a tractor pull for children, and dog contest, just to mention some of the activities scheduled.
There should be a flyer available in the near future from the village listing all events, times, and dates.
With committee meetings business concluded, the board of trustees adjourned. The next regularly scheduled monthly board meeting will be held on July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.