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Silver Creek budget is questioned

A resident posed some serious questions Monday night about the state of the village budget.

Rick Taaffe, a former village trustee, asked Mayor Kurt Lindstrom to give a report on village spending.

Trustee and former Mayor Edward L. Newman responded that an audit was recently performed and that board members have not yet been given a report on it.

"I'd like to know where we stand," Taaffe said. He noted that most municipalities are moving toward a business model where the budget is checked frequently so that it is kept on track.

"I think you need to do something to let the taxpayers know where you stand," he said.

"We lost an employee, and we're looking at that," Newman said.

Taaffe also questioned the status of the creek bed that was dredged by Chautauqua County workers. It is almost filled in again.

"That's Mother Nature," Newman replied, he said.

In other matters:

*Lindstrom announced that there is an overnight parking ban on all village streets between 2 and 6 a.m. until April 1.

*The village transferred $11,085 to rebuild the engine in one of its snowplow trucks. The transfer was approved by all trustees.

*Trustees authorized the mayor to apply for a $75,000 state archives grant to replace water meters, software and electronic water meter readers for the Water Department.

*It was announced that Newman and three members of the Fire Department Auxiliary attended Red Cross training to be emergency shelter managers. Newman said he hopes that an emergency shelter could be located in the fire hall or some other location to accommodate anyone stranded or otherwise needing shelter because of severe weather or other major adversity.

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