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Maryville Takes Action On Fiscal Year Funds

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The Maryville Village Board passed an ordinance appropriating funds to pay all necessary expenses and liabilities for the fiscal year 2019-20 at its Wednesday, July 17 meeting.

Two trustees and the mayor were absent that night. Rod Schmidt conducted the meeting as mayor pro tem.

The appropriations ordinance is something on which the board votes every fiscal year.

This year’s total of $1,428,250 earmarked for the fire department, for example, covers such items as wages, uniforms, maintenance costs for vehicles and equipment, fuel and oil, office supplies and postage. Some of the other appropriations this year were $5,281,600 for water and sewer operations, $85,500 for economic development and tourism, $250,000 for the legal department, and $183,200 for public comfort facilities.

“It’s overinflated,” explained Village Clerk Jolene Henry regarding to the dollar amount for the latter. “An appropriation is an over-inflation of what you actually expect so there is no intent to spend that amount of money on public comfort. It’s just in case.”

The village also approved the estimated anticipated revenues report for fiscal year 2019-2020. The village is anticipating a total revenue of $8,151,345 from taxes, licenses and permits, ambulance and cemetery fees, water and sewer income and other sources.

The village gave permission for the Maryville Farmer’s Market to set up a “blessing box” on a trial basis in the South Village Complex parking lot near the police parking lot fence. It can hold nonperishable food and hygiene products, dog food, diapers, coats, boots and larger items and will be available at all hours.

The market is purchasing the box on behalf of the Maryville Outreach Center, where the food pantry is open a limited number of hours four days a week. It will be managed, according to trustee Julie Clark, by the pantry director and volunteers from there.

There was some discussion about several related safety and liability issues but the board approved it 3 to 1.

Republic Services reported that during the month of June, curbside pickup of trash was 183.85 tons; of recyclables, 43.75 tons; and yard waste, 18.9 tons.

In other action, the village:

• Revised the village code’s subdivision section regarding sidewalk construction. This eliminates a contradiction with another ordinance.

• Annexed property at 2007 Hillcreek Road in Collinsville.

The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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