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November 3, 2013

Budget solid in Harrietstown

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NEW POSITIONS

The total Harrietstown preliminary budget is close to $4.7 million. 

“And $18,500 of that is new, adding funds for a water district,” Kilroy said.

“We are up about $52,000 in overall spending. Two new justices are included in that budget and a full-time court clerk.”

The budget also includes one new line-service employee at the Adirondack Regional Airport.

The Town Council members have not discussed employee raises and are in contract negotiations now, Kilroy said.

HALL REPAIRS, FLOOD WALL

Repairs to the Town Hall have been put off until an engineering study is complete.

“That’s going to be next year,” Kilroy said. “If we borrow money, the first payment won’t be due until 2015.”

The other big project looming is building a flood-mitigation retaining wall behind the Town Hall, which is going to cost around $330,000, he said.

FEMA will reimburse the town for flood repairs, but the final amount has not been set.

“FEMA has promised, so far, $71,000,” Kilroy said.

The town would obtain a bond anticipation note for the project at an interest rate Kilroy expects to be less than 2 percent.

Construction on the retaining wall won’t begin this fall, as town officials originally hoped. The town is looking toward late next spring to begin the work.

NOV. 7 HEARING

Overall, preliminary budget numbers in Harrietstown are encouraging.

“We’re in good shape here,” Kilroy said.

The public hearing is tentatively set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, followed by the regular Town Council meeting.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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