May 21, 2015
ARKPORT, NY – A hot topic at the monthly Arkport village board meeting was the ever increasing electric bills from NYSEG to run the roughly 100 street lights in the village.
After hearing that the budget increase will be $2,000 over last year for electric to run the lights, the board unanimously agreed to start asking questions and looking for solutions. Things that will be looked into will be the possibility of reducing the bulb wattage in some of the lights and even the possibility of removing some. Mayor Charlie Flanders said he would contact NYSEG to discuss the easiest ways to reduce the cost.
Also the board heard a report from DPW head Bob Mauro. Mauro stated that he hopes to start patching roads soon and that the setback is that the blacktop plant is not open yet and is roughly three weeks late already. He also said the new DPW building coming along fine and is on schedule for opening. They soon will be installing the electric services and siding and also be pouring the concrete aprons.
Lastly the board passed a resolution on the recommendation of trustee Mike Brewer to put any excess money left over from this year’s budget toward a term bond principle. This is a debt the village currently has for past purchases such as trucks and equipment. They would like this paid off as soon as possible.