Lighting Efficiency Program Shows Decrease in Costs

By Margo Frink

(Canastota, NY – Jan. 18, 2012) Mayor Todd Rouse received a letter of resignation from acting village Justice Keith Haas who is relocating. A motion was made to accept his resignation and appoint town Justice Grace Rapasadi. The motion passed 4-0-1, with Scott Rapasadi abstaining.

Village Administrator Larry Carpenter reported he and DPW Foreman TJ Tornatore researched an opportunity for an outside company to provide paving of village streets if the cost is favorable to taxpayers.

Based on a particular process, the company makes suggestions on what can be done to extend the life of a road, whether it be sealing cracks or using a slurry seal.

Six streets were selected for a survey and cost analysis.

Carpenter said he would arrange for the company to come speak to the board.

The new dump truck and plow has arrived. Carpenter said it has a stainless steel box, is undercoated and should serve the village for a very long time.

The village’s three-year contract with its trash haulers is up this year. Bids will go out now to be returned and opened mid-February.

Rouse, who is also the budget officer, plans to budget $30,000 for two-way radios for police and fire personnel. The police department is receiving funds from Madison County, which helps lower costs for village taxpayers.

A resolution was passed to authorize the mayor to sign the amendment of owner engineer agreement with CDM, engineers for the waste water treatment project. Contractor delays pushes out completion of the project to Aug. 31.

Rouse said he wanted to dispel rumors that the project is over budget.

“It’s not over budget. It’s under budget,” Rouse said. The debt rate has held at $95 a year and will not change, he added.

The village participated in a lighting efficiency program and according to numbers provided by Carpenter, the village has seen savings in its electric bills.

The boiler in the municipal was converted from electric to gas. With the efficiency co-pay, the savings for July, August and September of last year was more than $300 per month and as much as $900 compared to 2010 costs.

Electric costs at the fire station, the DPW building, the waste water treatment plant and the pool also showed savings.

In 2009, Carpenter switched automobile insurance providers for DPW and police vehicles. In 2008, 25 vehicles under the former plan cost taxpayers more than $17,000. In 2011, 24 vehicles under the new plan was $10,697.

Insurance for fire trucks increased about $50 from 2010 to 2011. Very few companies insure fire trucks, according to Carpenter.

Coming at no surprise is the increase in worker’s compensation costs. In 2008, the total premium for village employees was $24,409. The proposed premium for 2012 is $37,977.

The premium for the fire department in 2008 was $16,569 and showed an increase each year of more than $5,000. The proposed premium for 2012 is $36,173.

Margo Frink is managing editor of the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at 315-481-8732 or at 

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