Glenville budget comes up short

The Glenville police and public works departments may not get what they were looking for out of the proposed budget for next year. Based on numbers the town currently has, the budget will run about $500,000 under what the town needs.

Supervisor Frank Quinn said at the Wednesday, Aug. 21, town board meeting that town departments will have to take a different approach on what they are asking for, including prioritizing and looking at essential and non-essential needs.

The town has frozen hiring, equipment purchases and overtime in response to the budget shortfall.

The board is still in the discussion stages of the budget, but, Quinn said, they will be taking a bare-bones approach.

We are not looking at taking on any additional requests that will add to our expenses. Unless it is crucial for safety reasons, it needs to be looked at twice, said Quinn.

In March, police Chief Michael Ranalli examined bids to replace a 20-year-old dispatch system, a project still slated to be completed by the end of the year despite the budget shortfall. The police department is hoping they are able to secure a $1.5 million bond for the new dispatch center. The current system does not have computer dispatch, which shows an address and a map on the screen when a call comes into the center. The new system would have a touch screen that would allow dispatchers to go between different frequencies, allowing them to see calls being dispatched to other departments in real time.

Meanwhile, the Public Works Department has its own requests: Commissioner Rick LeClair wants three additional employees as well as funds for trucks and paving.

"There are streets that we have to address; the roads are in need of paving, and residents want it done. They pay their taxes; they want their streets to reflect it," said LeClair.

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