MAYVILLE - As work on the next budget cycle begins in the village of Mayville, Mayor Martin Bova believes that the next budget will remain largely unchanged.
The tax rate will likely remain at $7.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Budget planning meetings are scheduled for late January and early February, and all are open to the public. Meetings are set for 6 p.m. in the Village Hall on Tuesday and Jan. 29, Feb. 3 and 4 and, if needed, on Feb. 12.
While some communities - notably neighboring Westfield - are struggling with the possibility of much higher health care costs for their employees, Mayville is not encountering this problem.
Pictured, from left, are : Tye Fleurie, trustee, Sharon Smead, trustee, Mayor Martin Bova, DPW Director John Buxton, Jim Mayer, trustee, and Tim Jacobson, trustee.
Photo by Connie O’Connor
Several years ago the village eliminated its traditional PPO health-care plan and changed to a higher-deductible plan with health savings plans attached. The village saved enough on premiums for this plan that they were able to cover the employees' annual deductible amounts. This was made easier because Mayville has fewer employees than many communities, and they are not unionized.
The board approved the purchase of LED lights from Gottogo Electric in Leroy, the low bidder for the project. For $77,860, 350 lights will be purchased. The lights use one-third less energy than the existing lights and are guaranteed for 10 years. Reduced electrical use should mean that there will be a seven-year payback period for the purchase of the lights.
Additional savings may also result from the expectation that there will be fewer changes of bulbs, which means less labor and fewer outages. The lights have been tested. Residents can see them on Erie Street - at the top and bottom of the rows of lights in the district. The new lights are easily identifiable because the light they cast is very white, as compared to the more amber appearance of the older fixtures.
In other business, the board approved the payment of $11,629 to be used toward the telemetry control system on the three village water pumps. The system was damaged in a lightning strike in the fall and is not repairable. The new system is to be controlled by radio telemetry and is more energy efficient. For this reason it can be paid for from the village's IEEP (Independent Energy Efficiency Program) account - an account set aside and kept in reserve for energy-saving expenditures.
The board also passed a resolution supporting the prevention of invasive carp in the area. The passage of the resolution had been requested by Fresh Water Future, a Michigan-based environmental group. Local contact for the group is Barb Miller.