gives county's reimbursement money to fire department
By Lukas Brinkerhoff
October 22, 2007 | WELLSVILLE -- $18,056 was allocated
by the City Council to the Fire Department's budget
during a public hearing. The funds were received from
the county for fires fought over the summer. Representatives
from the fire department presented their budget and
longterm strategic plan to the council.
A fire truck, more training and exercise equipment
are the top priorities for fire department. City Manager
Don Hartle explained that the city currently has $25,000
set aside for the needed truck.
The council also discussed their concern over the
department's equipment and the lack of wage increases.
"We don't do it for the money," Fireman Jeremie Poppleton
said in response to the council's comments.
In other business, the council heard Bevan Higbee's
concern over the increase in property taxes. Higbee
said he had owned his home for 35 years without making
any improvements, but during that same time the value
of his home had increased 700 percent. He said his property
taxes, due to a new assessment of his property, had
gone up 22 percent this year.
Hartle pointed out that the city of Wellsville had
not increased its tax rate in 22 years.
Higbee concluded his presentation by asking the council
to support him in his efforts to encourage legislators
to pass a law to limit the rate that taxes increase.
The council thanked Higbee for his concern.
The council received a draft of the Sexually Oriented
Business code that, as one of its stipulations, limits
such business from being within 1000 ft. of a cemetery.
"Why would the dead people care?" asked Councilman
Thomas G. Bailey.
The council will hold public hearings once the code