2006-08-17 / Front Page

Town Council accepts 2006-07 budget

By Sam Bari

After some discussion and a few questions, the Town Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to accept the budget for fiscal year 2006-07 as prepared by Finance Director Christina Collins.

During the discussion of the budget, Councilman Bill Kelly questioned approximately $9,000 marked for the Jamestown Community Theatre for production. Town Administrator Bruce R. Keiser explained that the revenues were reimbursed through ticket sales and to his knowledge the expense had always been covered in the past.

"The current reserve balance for the theatre program is $15,000 based on prior receipts, and ticket sales have historically returned that amount," Councilman Michael Schnack added, then suggested that the relationship with the theater be reviewed as an agenda item at the next meeting.

"We've mentioned this before," Schnack said. "But we've never put it on the agenda and acted on it. I think the theatre should be treated the same way as other similar programs and be put in line with soccer, summer pro grams, baseball, or anything else. We've always had kind of a loose relationship with them, and it should be better defined," he said.

Kelly also questioned where some items, like police equipment, were located in the budget, but Keiser's responses satisfied his concerns.

In an unrelated matter, Keiser said that Public Works Director Steve Goslee reported that water consumption has dropped for this time of year when compared to previous years. Keiser quoted Goslee as saying, "People appear to be conserving water."

The council voted to accept a letter from Nathan W. Garner concerning the name of Clinton Street because another street is named Clinton Avenue and the duplicate names cause confusion for delivery services.

Council President David Long suggested that many streets in

Jamestown have duplicate names. "I'm sure it is also a problem for the post office. However, because of the number of streets with duplicate names, it could take more than just changing a street sign to resolve the problem. It might be something we'll just have to live with," he said. Keiser said that he would follow up on the matter.

Keiser also mentioned that $43,000 in federal funds is available to purchase a generator needed at the Homeland Security shelter at the Melrose Avenue School. He said that $15,000 to $20,000 would have to be allocated to the project to be eligible for the funds. "But that is what it would cost to install the generator, so we'd have to spend the money anyway," he noted He commended Police Chief Thomas Tighe for his hard work in making the funds available. In other council business, licenses and permits were approved for:

+ The Jamestown Rotary Club, to sell doughboys, water, and soda at the Fools' Rules Regatta this Saturday, Aug. 19, at East Ferry.

+ The Chemical Company, to have a band perform this Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Ft. Getty pavilion from noon to 8 p.m.

+ The Jamestown Seaside Family Cruise car show, to have a DJ p;erform at the Ft. Getty pavilion Sunday, Sept. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

+ Dan O'Neil, to have a DJ perform at the Ft. Getty pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 27, from noon to 9 p.m.

All applications were complete and insurance policies were submitted.

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