The Greenfield City Council met Dec. 3 to approve the final tax levy for 2014, as well as the final budget. A public hearing relating to the levy was held during this meeting, giving residents the opportunity to speak directly to the council prior to its final approval.
In September, the council approved a preliminary 2014 levy of $1.42 million, which represents a 3 percent increase of $46,317 over 2013’s levy of $1.38 million, .
Also approved in September was a preliminary 2014 general budget amount of $1.22 million, an increase over 2013’s budget of $1.14 million.
The 2014 budget revenue includes previously levied dollars not spent in 2013. Approximately $70,000 in revenue earmarked for street improvements in 2013 will be transferred into a street improvement fund for 2014. The move was reviewed by the city’s accounting firm for accounting practices confirmation and found to be acceptable.
In both cases, levy and budget, the preliminary numbers approved in September were approved unanimously by the council as final for 2014.
The search for a city administrator is in progress in the wake of Kathryne McCullum’s resignation. Susan Hoyt has been hired by the council as an interim administrator until the position can be filled permanently.
The council did, however, approve a contract with McCullum that would pay her hourly ($50 per hour) for grant writing work. McCullum has several years of experience searching out grants and writing applications and has obtained grant dollars for the city. In this contract position, McCullum would take direction from the city administrator.
The action passed 5-0.
Park Advisory Commissioner Evelyn Workcuff reported to the council the advisory’s findings regarding a farmers market.
Workcuff explained that the commission had identified a few different ways a market could be run.
The market could be held in Greenfield Central Park, as originally discussed by the board, under the supervision or the city, staff or the advisory.
An alterative, Workcuff relayed, was to allow an established market group from Buffalo to set up a vendor’s site somewhere along Highway 55. A representative of the group met with the advisory and explained how they operate and said that they would require greater visibility than the park site allows. The are licensed, insured and would require no oversight by the city. The council seemed interested in this concept and will revisit it at a future meeting.
Also in city news, the demolition of the fire-damaged residence on 71 Lane has been completed. Due to legalities surrounding the incident and damage, the remaining residence was a source of frustration to neighboring residence for years and even instigated a petition that was given to the council earlier this year. Once city staff got the legal OK, the council approved the demolition and the work was hired.
The next meeting of the Greenfield City Council is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6390 Town Hall Drive.