Future unsure for Attica police funding

ATTICA – Attica Village Council members approved Jill Smeltz as auxiliary officer for the village as recommended by Police Chief Keith Turner Tuesday night. Smeltz is a Seneca East graduate and has been with the Seneca County Sheriff’s department since 2007 and is a graduate of the police academy.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs said there is $702,400.87 in all funds. She reviewed the updated five-year plan that reveals potential problems with reduced revenues and gradually increasing expenses. By 2018, the police funds may show a negative $15,000 balance. All employees are working to make as many cuts as possible. The village has lost $32,000 in local government funding annually from the state.

Village Administrator Greg Martin said he had spoken with James Stewart with Sunoco Co. about a temporary lease between the village and company for the use of its driveway to access the laying of pipeline through its property.

In other action, council:

Heard the first reading of the resolution for 2014 annual appropriations totaling $3,987,620 plus adjustments for carry over.

Heard the first reading of the resolution of necessity for a five-year 3-mil replacement levy for police protection and requesting the county auditor’s certification of amounts and rates. The current levy expires Dec. 31, 2014.

Heard the first reading of an ordinance approving 3 percent pay raises for village employees Martin, Emily Bates and Jared Halbeisen.

Heard the first reading of an ordinance to reimburse billing clerk Bates for health insurance premiums of $280 per month.

Heard the first reading of the ordinance to eliminate the 3 percent water/sewer annual rate increase for 2014.

Approved the quote of Aspen Energy as the village supplier for a 36- month period at a rate of .06002 cents per kilowatt hour saving $31,599.95 over the three years.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.