Report on the OV Tax District Special Meeting of April 27, 2021
By OVTD President Linda Libertino
The Tax District held its quarterly meeting on Zoom teleconference due to the CORONA virus. The agenda includes committee reports, and the report of the Nominating Committee, and the Finance Committee recommended budget for 2021-2022.
On behalf of the Tax District, I would like to thank Pete Penny for his service to Oronoque Village. After four years of volunteering as a member of this board, Pete will be stepping down at the conclusion of this meeting. Pete has served the Tax District as an Officer and as the Clerk. Additionally, he has been Chairperson of the Roads Committee. Many thanks, Pete, for your dedication and excellent contributions.
We thank Mark Rhatigan and his team for their ongoing work, making our Village safe and attractive. The asphalt manufacturing plants reopened the first week of April and, in the next few weeks, work will be underway to repair snowplow damage to curbing and potholes. The newer-styled Cape Cod curbing implemented last season has proved to be much more resistant to snowplow damage.
The chairperson for the OVTD Nominating Committee this year was Fred Rodriguez. He will be reporting on the candidates who submitted their resumes for positions on this board. Each of the candidates being considered is extremely experienced with the issues and responsibilities of the Tax District. They are willing to dedicate their personal time to assure the taxpayers that all areas under the Tax District jurisdiction will be carefully planned.
I am pleased to report that this summer the Maintenance staff, along with Aquarian, will be repainting the fire hydrants throughout the Village. All our fire hydrants, which are serviced annually, were inspected last November.
Oronoque Village continues to address sewer main back-ups as they occur. It has been determined that there is no simple method to project these occurrences. Maintenance and our contractors can only repair the failures – when they occur — as rapidly as possible. It is the Town of Stratford’s responsibility only when there are backups in the larger 12-inch sewer lines that run down North and South Trails.
The Board voted on the recommended budget for our next fiscal year which the residents will consider on May 25. The vote was seven Directors in favor and one Director absent for the vote. The various line items that were requested by Fred Rodriguez and Mark Rhatigan were carefully reviewed over the past several weeks by all members of the Finance Committee, chaired by the Treasurer Tom Becker. The total increase in taxes to be billed is 4.82%. A significant percentage of this increase is due to the ongoing major resurfacing projects which are necessary.
This meeting marks nine months of my term as OVTD president. Our next OVTD meeting, on May 25, will be our Annual Election meeting. Thank you, again, for the opportunity to serve you as president of the Tax District.
To quote Jim Stovall, “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”
Please continue to be safe and let’s enjoy the upcoming spring weather in our beautiful Village.