Shelby Village Council Passes Budget for Next Fiscal Year | News

Much discussion took place at the Shelby Village Council meeting on February 28, resulting in a number of unanimous affirmative votes by council, as well as a rejected action item due to the need for additional information.

With Administrator Steve Crothers absent, the council voted 6–0 to approve terminating the village’s contract with American Legal Publishing and entering into a contract with General Code as part of the village’s recodification project; clarify the terms and amounts of cliff vesting under the employee pension plan; accept the status and amendments of the budget for the fourth quarter of the financial year 2021-2022; and to adopt the proposed budget for the financial year 2022-2023. The last item mentioned above was on the agenda for the public hearing before council voted to approve it.

Additionally, before taking any action on any of these items, Village Chairman Paul Inglis, during the Chairman’s report at the start of the meeting, requested a minute’s silence for the death of the former police officer from longtime villager, Roger “Chuck” Schultz. Schultz died Feb. 22 at age 69 and served with the Shelby Police Department for more than 30 years.

After showing their respect for the years Schultz gave to the village, the council turned their attention to village administrator Brady Selner for his report, where he detailed that he would begin hosting remote office hours, the premiere taking place Wednesday, March 16 at Ours brun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. share ideas — they would of course be welcome,” Selner said. “I plan to do it once a month, and sort of rotate between different downtown businesses.”

He added that he had also met with the Norton Shores Department of Public Works the previous week to discuss snow removal procedures.

Also, in light of the snow clearing, Police Chief Steve Waltz then took the stage to praise residents for doing “an outstanding job” of not parking on Village streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. this winter. , adding that his department has written very few parking tickets in this regard.

Inglis then opened the public hearing for the proposed budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Selner highlighted items in the budget, including a 2% cost-of-living wage increase for village employees, general fund spending and revenue, downtown improvements, switching to all-lighting LEDs in the village hall, pocket park amenities, engineering for major and local streets, the Getty Park project and plans to update the village website. “The idea here, it would be important at the end of the fiscal year once we have completed some of these other projects, but to create a more user-friendly website to allow residents and stakeholders to access information from the online village and do business. and pay bills and complete permits more easily online,” Selner said.

The only point of contention, in terms of voting, at the meeting came over the second item of new business, which was the village’s contribution to the household hazardous waste disposal program.

Selner explained that each year the village is asked to donate funds to cover the cost of proper disposal of items from its residents who use the program. “I intentionally left the resolution, the proposed resolution (amount), blank for the board to discuss,” Selner said.

Last year, Selner said the village was asked to donate $850 to the program, but the village decided to commit $550 because the program takes voluntary donations from those who participate to help offset the cost of d ‘elimination. This year, the village was asked to contribute $785.60, or 40 cents per village resident.

“I just think it’s a good program and very beneficial to county residents,” Inglis commented, after detailing his involvement in the program at the county and village level.

Administrator Dan Zaverl said that since the amount requested was not mandatory and they do not know the number of residents who use the program, he offered to commit $500, which was supported by the administrator Damian Omness. During the discussion, Trustee Mike Termer said that if the board only pays $500, “we’re not really paying our fair share,” considering the requested amount to be a legitimate number.

Omness offered that they get more information on how many people in the village use the service, which Inglis echoed. Selner said Zaverl or Omness should cancel the motion, so they could then move that the item be deferred for a vote at a later meeting, but when neither did, it moved to a roll-call vote. On a 4-2 vote, with Termer, Administrator Bill Harris, Administrator John Sutton, and Inglis voting no, and Zaverl and Omness voting yes, the motion was defeated. The council plans to get more information about the program from the Oceana Conservation District before voting on how much to donate.

After that, further discussion of the budget and fiscal responsibility prompted a call and an offer from Selner to write a policy when fund balances would dictate lower mileage amounts.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m.

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