Dundee Village residents will see an increase of $8,978 (3 percent) in the local tax levy for the village budget, but they will also see some new sidewalks and street pavement projects that are funded through the plan.
The village board approved the budget, which includes total spending of $3.68 million, at the April 11 meeting.
The tax increase translates into a 36 cent increase per $1,000 of assessed value, so the owner of a property valued at $100,000 will pay an additional $36 for the annual tax bill.
The village budget pays for all village services, except water and sewer services, which are paid by users through fees.
Some of the village improvements included in the spending plan are:
• Street paving on Bell, Franklin, Grace and Spring Streets, and Stone & Oil on Hillcrest Drive.
• New sidewalk at the municipal/fire house building on Union Street
• The village will pay for a block of new sidewalks that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirement of 5 ft. width. New sidewalks must also include cast iron embedded detectable warning units and painted crosswalks at intersections. The locations of new sidewalks will likely follow the coming water line replacement project. In the past, the village has worked with property owners to replace sidewalks with the property owner paying for the work which was carried out by the village workers. The new plan calls for the sidewalks to be paid for through the village budget because of the added ADA requirements.
• $3,600 to support the Dundee Area Historical Society and $4,000 to contribute toward building maintenance of the Historical Society.
Reduced expenses include those in Fire Department Worker Compensation, Streets Department administration personal services and the Youth Center. In all, spending is increasing by 2.1 percent.
Village water customers will see an increased cost of $16.50 for most customers beginning with the August billing. This is to cover the cost of the USDA grant for new water lines. Customers with larger meter service sizes will see a higher fee,. There is no rate increase for sewer services.
The village’s debt is limited to the water tank and water line project. The village paid off the debt for the new fire truck in two years rather than the originally planned five years.
One of the issues village officials want to address in the coming year is the large rate of water infiltrating the sewage system. Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said some of the problem is the use of sump pumps that direct the pumped water into the sewer system. Homeowners will be asked to re-route the sump pumps.
Other business at the April 11 Dundee Village Board meeting included:
• Economic Development: Trustee Judy Duquette announced that the Keuka Housing Council has discovered asbestos that will cost between $250,000 to $300,000 to remove from the two buildings it has purchased on Main Street.
• Fire Department: Chief Doug Miller reported the fire department will be required to purchase self rescue equipment for each volunteer who is qualified to be an interior fire fighter.
There are 24 interior fire fighters in the Dundee Department. Miller said the systems are intended to help a rescuer safely bail out of a building from up to the third floor. Required by the state Department of Labor Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Program, the systems will cost about $21,000, said Miller.
The systems must be obtained by June and users must be trained by August.
Miller also noted the Dundee Department will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29, with a goal to recruit new members, in particular Emergency Medical Technicians.
He also noted there is a burn ban until May 14.
Spring Clean-up: Streets Supervisor Steve Dean said brush and leaf pick up will be held on the third Monday of each month beginning April 17.