Since I took office in 2012 our Finance Committee has been very fiscally conservative. I trust that this will carry on into the future. This particular committee and I looked and examined the way that public money is used. I commend this Finance Committee for a job well done. We may not be out of Fiscal Emergency like we hoped, but the Auditors have been in and have promised that the first quarter of 2014 we will be.
Our Street Department saved the village nearly $1,100 for a new cross-walk light that hangs in the center of town. We have seen fruitful efforts of the Karma Points, Inc. and their involvement of using our FEMA property to produce a bountiful harvest that was distributed to the Manchester Community Care Center and other places. We saved the village on health insurance. Our Storm Sewer (Broadway and 5th Street) Project is nearing completion. A sidewalk will be poured soon and a pull off pad will be poured along 5th Street by the park. Earlier this month we were awarded the Nature Works Grant for our park as well.
When I came into office I urged the council and members of the public that the main arteries, being U.S. Route 52 (2nd Street), St. Rt. 136 (Jack Roush Way) and the Riverfront to be clean, nice and appealing. Finally after 2 years of working with the Downtown Revitalization we will start seeing the Phase 1 of that project. We saw 3 vacant homes demolished this year and more on the list.
Two members of this Council were faced with the challenge of turning off the Street Lights a few years ago. Two of those members departing were also part of the Council to turn them back on and not by the means of additional taxes. This village spent Nearly $12,000, a little under what we budgeted for 2013, and will spend $15,000 for 2014.
In 2014 we will be spending what we were previously with the Street Lights. This rarely happens in government. Where you have something supported by a tax base and then do away with the tax and find ways to support it through the General Budget. And this Council did just that.
We made this a better village then what it already was with this Council the three remaining members and the three that will be departing. I want to thank Councilman Roy Carpenter, Councilman Brian Church and Councilman C.L. Skip Wagner for their hard work and dedication to this village.
Mayor Troy A. Jolly
Village of Manchester