From the Mayor’s Desk

Hi…Sorry I missed the deadline last week because of Thanksgiving. We had no meetings that week and nothing wasn’t really going on so there was much to report.
The city crews are busy picking up leaves and doing the last of the street sweeping. We lucked out on weather so they could really do a good job which they do anyway. They are still working on draining the lake which is a slow process but will get done. Last week was the last of the leaf and yard waste pickup. If you want you can take your yard waste to the clean fill at the DPW. The clean fill is open five days a week from seven to three. Please register with the secretary Lori before going in. We did do some extra sweeps on the chip sealed streets.
As you know Main Street is now open, the weather held and outside of some incidents, which I will be following up on, the project went quite well. The city will be looking at how to clean up that area and make it beneficial to the city.
The city held a Public Hearing on the 2018 budget last Monday night.
There were no citizens there to ask questions but myself and Alderperson Tetzlaff had received a phone call from a citizen asking about lights on the hardball diamond at Rock Ledge and whether the city was either now or in the future again looking at participating in the upgrade of those lights. We had in the past given the Seymour Athletic Association $5,500 towards that project. They have now $16,000 in that fund. We had, in committee, talked about contacting the area townships and the school for some kind of participation but that has not been done yet. It was noted that we will be putting this back on the committee agenda in January 2018 for future discussion.
The 2018 budget was on the agenda for passage. The mill rate will be set at $8.8l for the City of Seymour. I think the Council really worked on their budgets in committee to do the best they could. Most things go up and you try to control that but as you know in your personal budgets there is not much you can do. The levy is up $1,504 from 2017 because of the debt payment being higher. The expenses from 2017 to 2018 stayed the same. The debt service went up due to the fact when we took out the debt years ago the Council chose to balloon the last few payments in order to get it paid off in a timely fashion. The final tax rate from taxing jurisdictions (state, county, FVTC, city, school) and the credits received looks to be $21.08 in 2018 which is down from $21.26 in 2017.
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family and here comes Christmas.
Mayor Judy Schuette