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Pound Budget Down 3.18%, Hearing Is Monday, Nov. 15

Issue Date: November 9, 2021

At the regular monthly Pound Village Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 8, copies of the proposed 2022 budget were distributed to board members in preparation for the annual budget hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15. The hearing will be followed by a special board meeting to set the village's property tax levy for 2022.

The proposed budget provides a drop of 3.182 percent in both expenses and revenues for regular village expenses and a 64.8 percent drop in TIF District expenses and revenues. Revenues and expenses for 2021 were equal, at $378,257, and are projected to be equal at $366,220 for 2022. However, apparently, because some of the special funds received last year will not be available for 2022, the village property tax levy is proposed to increase by 17.77 percent, from $127,253 last year to $149,871 for 2022.

At the Nov. 8 meeting Clerk/Treasurer Diane Patz passed along the good news that there was a balance of $27,261.50 in the utility checking account. Public Works Director Scott Fuelle commented that was $20,000 more than last year at this time.

Patz also said this year there will be no delinquent utility bills going on the tax roll. There is currently one customer paying monthly, two others have payment arrangements, and three others are late but making payments.

Later in the meeting, Fuelle passed along another bit of good news with a report that infiltration of freshwater into the sewage stream had dropped considerably again. He said once they get a leak on Hwy. 64 fixed it should be below 100,000 gallons, compared to the 224,000 for the current month.

Patz reported the village had one citation case in municipal court, with an adjudicated penalty of $187.

Ayres & Associates Consultant Craig Schuh thanked the board for contracting with his firm and offered advice at various points during the meeting. Others on hand were Public works Director Scott Fuelle, former village president/public works director Kevin Schutte; business owner Dennis Lepinski; Trustees Mary Meyer, John Homontowski, Wayne Gross, and Mike Rogodzinski; and Village President Terry Earley.

Earley said he had called Starzers on Saturday and told them to start installing a used replacement motor in the old garbage truck.

The board discussed projects that could be paid for with ARPA funds. They include $8,500 for a sewer lateral to the property being annexed on Hwy. 64, $5,500 for a storm sewer by the apartments, and a sewer replacement on Colburn Street near the home of Trustee Wayne Gross.

Schuh advised that a federal bill had been approved by the House on Saturday, and said information on funding for sewer and water projects through the Safe Drinking Water fund should be available. He said he needs to sit down with village officials and work out a plan for using available funds, and if projects tie together they should be done together to have a better chance of approval.

He said the federal agencies want them to have a capital improvement plan so they know what the village priorities are, and they want a 5-year plan for streets.

"If we know what you want to do, we can help you find funding to do it," Schuh offered, adding that he is always on the lookout for grants.

Patz said the village has $18,500 in the Money market now from the first half of the ARPA grant and will get the other half next year for a total of $37,000. The board unanimously approved using the first half funds to pay for the sewer laterals on Hwy. 64 and on Colburn. Early and others are to meet with SchuhSchuh and Fuelle on other projects to be funded by ARPA.

There was discussion on how properties outside the village limits are charged for sewer and sometimes water services from the village. Schuh advised Patz to get sample ordinances from other municipalities to be considered at a future board meeting. He complimented Fuelle on doing a great job of selecting lower-cost sanitary sewer projects that reduce the amount of fresh water seeping into the system and help keep costs down for the Village.

Rogodzinski reported the fire department had responded to a "MABAS" call for assistance with a structure fire on South Park Street in Coleman. Earlier in the month, there was a call to a semi that appeared to be on fire on Hwy. 141 just south of Hwy. 64. Rogodzinski said there was actually no fire, but something had blown in the engine and oil was spewing all over.

The financial report for the Pound Fire Department showed donations of $75 from Pound Women's Club, $230 from S&A Fuelle, and a total of $4,580 collected so far as a result of a fundraising letter. Rogodzinski said Tom Prue had again donated back the rent paid to him by the fire department.

Patz reported there were two building permits issued during the month, one to remodel a kitchen on Crescent Lane and the other for a mobile home to the new mobile home park. It will be the second one there.


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