March 9, 2020 Budget Workshop Minutes


Monday, March 9, 2020


The Village Board met Monday, March 9, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the village offices.


Present:           John Spaeth Mayor

Steve Collins , Trustee

Sue Eckert, Trustee

John Markiewicz, Trustee

Sue Sedon, Trustee


Wendy Reu, Recording Secretary

Nathanial Matthews, Treasurer




Mayor Spaeth called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.


Mayor Spaeth reported he had a conversation with Village Attorney Carm Greco and Treasurer Matthews regarding the proposed cell tower buyout contract. He reported that Attorney Greco is displeased with the one sidedness of the contract. Mayor Spaeth stated that Attorney Greco would be putting together a memo for SBA and the Board that points out his areas of concern. Mayor Spaeth stated if SBA does not move on the points brought out, Attorney Greco does not recommend moving forward with the contract. Mayor Spaeth stated the language in the contract gave SBA carte blanche to do whatever they want to do and the Village would have no recourse.


Mayor Spaeth and Treasurer Matthews presented the tentative budget for the Board’s review.


Mayor Spaeth indicated that the tentative tax rate was $ 8.42 / $ 1,000.00 which was an increase of 2.45% and under the State tax cap. Treasurer Matthews stated a 2.45% increase would be an increase of $ .08/$1000.00. Treasurer Matthews presented the Salary schedule for review and indicated that in general there was a 3% salary increase.


Treasurer Matthews gave an overview of the tentative budget and allowed the Board opportunity to discuss items in the budget.


Treasurer Matthews explained how funds from the cell tower buyout would be distributed if the contract went through under this budget cycle. He indicated it would be as follows:

$ 250,000.00 to Street Reserve for 10-year replacement cycle of heavy equipment

$ 265,000.00 to Grant Funding for LWRP projects

$  50,000.00 to Paving

Remainder to Fund Balance




Trustee Markiewicz made a motion to adopt the Salary schedule as proposed. The motion was seconded by Trustee Sedon and carried by voice vote as follows:

Aye:                Trustee Collins, Trustee Eckert, Trustee Markiewicz, Trustee Sedon

Nay:                 0

Abstain:           0


After discussion, the Tentative budget was filed with the Clerk and will be moved from Tentative to Proposed at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.



There being no further business before the Board, motion was made to adjourn by Trustee Collins, seconded by Trustee Markiewicz and passed by voice vote with no one dissenting. The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Wendy Reu

Village Clerk