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The Genoa administration plans to have a budget for 2013 ready by Feb. 19 for review by village council.
“It’s being discussed at this time,” Genoa fiscal officer Charles Brinkman said of the final budget that must be approved by law by March 31. “We have a few meetings to go before it’s ready for council.”
A public hearing will then be scheduled, he said, followed by the second and final readings that tentatively would take place March 4 and 18, according to village administrator Kevin Gladden.
In late 2012, council approved a temporary budget of $8.6 million, including debt reduction and construction projects.
Of that, $1.4 million is designated for the general fund which pays for daily operations in the village.
“It’s going to be awful close to that,” Brinkman predicted of the final budget.
As it stands now, the 2013 budget is 2.6 percent greater than the 2012 budget.
Brinkman said inflation and slight price increases for products and labor usually account for cost increases.
Whether or not employee raises will be included in the budget, Brinkman said he is unsure.
“That hasn’t been discussed as of yet,” he said.
Two significant projects sure to be included in the budget are Phase 6 of the Northwest Storm Sewer Project and Phase 2 of the Washington Street reconstruction project.
State officials recently informed the Genoa administration that they received a cut of Issue 2 funds to complete the projects, Gladden said.
The Washington Street project will start north of Sixth Street and proceed to the post office.
Gladden said village officials can’t get their hands on the state funds until July 1. Consequently, a lot of the preliminary work and actual construction can’t take place before then. The village’s share runs about $400,000 for both projects together.
The village will work with Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green to get as much in place to get things rolling after that date, the administrator said.
The plan is to get as much ready to get bids out soon so that construction can be under way by possibly August or early September, he said.
“We’ll try to get the street paving and other things out of the way by then too,” Gladden added.
Village officials are trying to coordinate the projects so that drivers aren’t subjected to a multitude of streets closings and temporary detours at the same time.
Other capital improvements are on tap for 2013 also.
About $70,000 has been designated for the repair of the town hall’s aging elevator, which is about 40 years old.
The village also expects to begin construction on its new Veterans Park bathroom, accounting for another $60,000 in project funds.
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