GLOVERSVILLE - The Meals on Wheels program in Fulton County will get assistance from the city after the Common Council decided it had enough funds to help the program for the first time in years.
Mayor Dayton King said during the meeting the city was ahead in the 2011 budget and expects to be ahead in the 2012 budget. City funds will allow the officials to give the program $3,000 in assistance this year, he said.
"I think that $3,000 will go far and help the older people ... They appreciate [the help]," King said.
At top, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King, left and City Attorney Anthony Casale are shown at the Common Council meeting Tuesday. At bottom, from left, are Finance Director Bruce VanGenderen, Police Chief Donald VanDeusen and Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones.
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The mayor said in prior years, Fulton County Office for Aging Director Andrea Fettinger came to the Common Council to ask for assistance with Meals on Wheels, but the city hasn't had the money to assist the program until recently.
King said he's glad he can give her good news this year.
"We look forward to having Andrea come to talk about where the money is going," King said. " ... We have had agreements in the past to plow the parking lots at the senior center. It's just nice to be able to help the senior citizens."
Council members also passed two resolutions regarding issues up for discussion during the public hearings at the start of the meeting. Nobody spoke during the hearings, and the board unanimously passed both resolutions.
The first resolution said the industrial wastewater discharge permits could be issued for no longer than five years, and the second resolution increased the turn-on fee from $40 to $65 for people who had their water shut off due to non-payment.
The other resolutions passed included: paying $4,446 to the Stamford Wrecking Co. demolition contractors for demolition of the former First Baptist Church; setting a Sept. 11 public hearing regarding the joint sewer maintenance rate; and authorizing the commissioner of finance to make a budget modification to the 2012 budget to account for the purchase of a used fire engine.