Headlines for May 5, 2015

Tentative school budget is coming up
Written by David Schaef

Conneaut School Directors, as they meet in May sessions, will approve a tentative budget for the year to begin July 1.

The finance/budget committee has been meeting over the past several months going over budget detail line by line, meeting with heads of departments, principals, and others while trying to figure out what impact a new state budget may have as talk swirls in Harrisburg of increased support for schools but nothing written in stone.

A tentative budget must be approved in May and then advertised for 30 days for review and inspection by those interested and a final budget must be passed by a June 30 deadline.

Deadline for the state budget to begin July 1, is also June 30, but many times state budgets are not in place to allow timely approval of the local school budgets and so much guesswork is involved.

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Lake council wrestles with CLCDC plans, discussions become heated among members
Written by Roseanne Staab

The Conneaut Lake Borough Council held their April public meeting with Council members Bill Eldridge, John Chuey, Dick Holabaugh, Mayor Timothy Kaider, Penny Monahan, and Dwight Stallard in attendance. Council members Billy Paris and Mike Krepps were absent.

The Borough Accounting Firm, McGill, Power, Bell, & Associates, representative Bruce Lawrence, spoke to Council about the Borough’s books.

All is in order, and Mr. Lawrence read a review and held a discussion on Municipal Accounting Practices. These pertained to the size of the Borough, fixed assets, receipts and expenditures, expenses during the fiscal year, cash in the General Fund, special revenue such as Liquid Fuels Allocations, Capital Projects and the grant funding with CLCDC, Real Estate and EI Taxes, dock rentals, service charges, unclassified operating revenue, public safety and public works, solid waste collections and streets.

Councilman Bill Eldridge had some questions on monetary savings in the Borough’s account.

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Township resident questions Amish store rumor
Written by Roseanne Staab

Conneaut Township held their April public meeting with Supervisors George Greig, Timothy Greig and Josh Fusco in attendance. Secretary Telce Varee took the minutes and there were 13 citizens present.

For Public Comment, someone asked about a rumor of an Amish country store possibly going in at the corner of Turkey Track and Airport Roads. No one knows for sure and the Board could not verify this information.

The motions carried to accept the March meeting minutes and pay all the bills.

For the Road Report, a 1992 water truck has been purchased at the Greater Erie Auto Auction for $5,720. There was an ad placed in the Meadville Tribune for $31.90 for the truck. The 1992 water truck has a pump and is a single axle with flood nozzles and is in good shape. The old 1985 Water truck was sent to 422 Auction and sold for $1,000. The auction house gets a reserve percentage of this and also charges a $75 fee.

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For additional details about these stories , as well as the headlines noted below, please purchase a Monday, May 4, newspaper at area locations or a digital download of the paper.

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  • OLQA card party May 12! Page 2!
  • LHS Class of 1950 gathering! Page 2!