APRIL 27, 2011
The budget session was called to order by President ProTem Glagola at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Councilmembers Glagola, Heer, Kovach, Aubry, and Frankford. Ziegler was involved via tele-conference.
Randy Sapelak, Building/Planning/Zoning; Village Manager, Arthur Shufflebarger; and Becky Jacques, Treasurer/Financial Director.
Huron Valley Youth Assistance and Huron Valley Council for the Arts
Representatives from both groups were present. They provided information regarding their organizations and requested funding again this year.
Mr. Shufflebarger stated only $500 was allocated this budget year and was earmarked for HVYA. If the Village receives Statutory Revenue from the State, he would be willing to submit to Council a donation to the HVCA.
Senior Citizens Transportation/Ride with Pride
Ms. Jacques stated the transportation program could be in jeopardy with reduced CDBG funds. They have relied on fund raisers, receive Highland Township CDBG funds, Milford Townships SMART money and CDBG money from the Village. The gas/oil line item could be a factor with the rising gas prices.
New to the transportation program is mandatory drug testing. This is required in order to obtain Federal funding.
Building Department, Planning and Zoning
Randy Sapelak went over his budgets with Council. The building department truck is a concern. He stated it runs fine, however the body is rusting out. Part-time inspections have gone up, which is a good sign. He added that he is recommending an increase in permit fees for the Building Department.
There were no significant changes to the budgets this year. Council discussed the Planning Consultant retainer fee and what this covers.
Mr. Shufflebarger stated work is continuing with the MDEQ on an administrative order.
Community Development Block Grant
Money is set aside for updating sidewalk ramps to bring them to current ADA specifications. A decrease in funding is expected this year.
There was nothing different to report regarding Transfers to Other Funds and General Fund. Ms. Jacques did recommend moving from the Retiree Health Care Fund Balance $40,000 of the $60,000 to MERS. MERS is getting a better return on investments. She also stated and actuarial valuation is required again this year. She hoped to use a company that would supply more and better information than the last company used.
Kovach questioned the negotiations going on with WWTP and DPS. His concern was they were still getting wage increases during the negotiation process, which had not been resolved to date. Mr. Shufflebarger hoped to have a resolution soon on the negotiations.
Deborah S. Frazer, CMC
ilford Village Clerk