Village board covers several topics

Mayfield Village Board trustees, from left, Emery Chase, Joseph Garrigan, Thomas Ruliffson and Mayor Jamie Ward discuss village business at Tuesday's meeting, while Village Clerk Terri Brubaker takes notes. (The Leader-Herald/Randy King)

MAYFIELD — The village board, along with a select amount of community members, met in the Mayfield Municipal Center to discuss several village topics and news updates.

It did not take long for the village board members to jump into business when they discussed the tax increase into next year’s budget. In the latest State Comptrollers audit, the fiscal stress score came in at an all-time low.

“We manage our budget like a business,” said village Mayor Jamie Ward. “We maintain controls to ensure we offer great services to our taxpayers while keeping expense controls in place.”

While cost and all things financial dominated in this meeting, talks all turned to the water tower located just behind the Mayfield Central School’s baseball field.

With the 100-year-old water tower in dire need of repair, the process to construct and relocate a new one is already in the works.

“The water tower project is at the last stage of approval,” said Ward. “May 9 is the last day for comment from state agencies and then we should expect our permit to proceed on construction of the new water tower.”

One final discussion topic that came in near the end of the meeting was for the renewal of BlueShield of Northeastern New York be established to employees. Stated in this resolution was that each employee will contribute $30 per month towards health insurance beginning in May.

Along with that, the board dived deeper into further resolutions that were eventually passed including budget approval and sewage/water rates.

The Village Board will be tentatively moving up its next board meeting to May 7 where further updates on projects and budget will be provided.