G. Rapids approves budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 29 November 2013 10:17
GRAND RAPIDS - Village council on Monday approved $2.4 million in appropriations for its 2014 budget.
The $2,380,450 appropriated for 2014 reflects an $145,350 increase over the village's 2013 appropriations.
The appropriations were approved as an "emergency," as opposed to being given three readings, during Monday's council meeting. It was passed as an emergency in order to submit to the Wood County Auditor's Office by the end of the year.
Capital improvements and maintenance/upkeep of the town hall make-up the largest increase in planned expenditures. Council members agreed to earmark an additional $31,000 for the town hall, $36,000 more for capital improvements to land and buildings and $21,000 for capital improvements to village streets.
Decreases in appropriations include: reduction in salary for the village administrator (Chad Hoffman will begin working part-time in 2014), reduction in capital improvement money set aside for sewers and a decrease in employee benefit costs from both the sewer and water departments.
Also at Monday's meeting, council members, by a 5-1 vote, with Curt Williams voting against it, agreed to reduce council meetings to one per month beginning in 2014.
Meetings will now be alternated between the fourth and second Monday of each month. The Monday formerly occupied by a second council meeting will then be reserved for committee meetings.
The matter drew much discussion at council's previous meeting with Williams calling the proposal "counterproductive."
Council also approved plans for a new event in the village. "Light up the Night" will be Dec. 14 from 5-9 p.m. The event, to be held in conjunction with the fire department's visit from Santa, will include a parade, decorations, holiday karaoke, fire pits for roasting s'mores, musical entertainment and downtown shopping.

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