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All is quiet on the Spa City Council front

Franck's item passed.

The council approved all of Mayor Johnson's agenda items"a $3, 722.87 annual agreement between the city and the county pertaining to animal shelter services and two $4, 670 annual agreements between the city and the office of the aging. One addressed transportation needs for seniors and the other covered nutrition services like meals at senior centers or home delivery.

Johnson also appointed Lance Ingmire to the Heritage Area Advisory Council board which deals with historical decisions, citing his fourth generation ties to Saratoga and his historical expertise as a good fit. He appointed Suzanne Bernardi Cleary to the 2010 city planning board.

The finance department approved donations from local businesses that were used for various aspects of the council's inauguration ceremony on New Year's Day. Commissioner of Finance Ken Ivins also made a motion to approve a tax anticipation note resolution that would authorize the department to borrow up to $10 million from the Adirondack Trust Company at a low interest rate of .75 percent. He said as of now, the department only plans to borrow $7 million and estimates that would require paying about $15, 390 in interest. This figure comes in under budget and is much lower than what was paid in 2008. The item passed.

"This is very necessary due to cash flow issues," said Ivins. "It will not have an effect on the tax rate."

The council will next meet on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

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