The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

April 24, 2013

Village board delays passage of tax cap override

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The regularly scheduled meeting of the Village Board of Medina saw a number of items addressed Monday night.

First, during a public hearing regarding the village’s proposed local law to override the state’s two percent tax cap, not a single member of the community spoke. Later, when the time came to adopt the local law, the board decided to wait until it meets again to correct a minor error that does not affect the crux of the law.

Another reason for the delay was the board wanted a little more time to get a better handle on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The proposed budget for the upcoming year is currently set to increase, but the amount of the increase is still in a state of flux. The board set a public hearing for the budget for Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

Also on Monday, Village Code Enforcement Office Marty Busch updated the board on the condition of properties on Genesee Street. He said a contracted company will soon complete the asbestos testing required on the buildings before the village can proceed to the next step, which is most likely demolition of the structures.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Pete Houseknecht told the board to expect him and his crew to be spotted around the village preparing sites for new trees. With the village’s Arbor Day celebration on tap for Friday, Houseknecht said some trees will be planted in advance of the day, and more will be planted on Friday during a celebration set to include students from Oak Orchard Elementary School.

The board also talked about the parade scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. as part of the Civil War Encampment at Genesee Community College. The parade route goes down Eagle Street to Main Street, and ends near the municipal offices on Park Street.

“This is sure to be a unique experience,” noted Mayor Andrew Meier. “We haven’t had a parade quite like this one before.”