Aug 132014

By Naomi Hatch

Wayne Jones and Douglas R. Nichols, N.M.D., were appointed to the Taylor Planning and Zoning Commission by the town council Aug. 6.

The two were proposed as commission members by Building Official Allen Davis.

Davis thanked Ralph Schreiber for filling in by continuing his term until the new commissioners were appointed.

The council unanimously approved the appointment of Jones and Nichols to the commission.

The council also held two public hearings, one of the final budget for fiscal year 2014-15 and the other on the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, but neither drew any public comments.

Town Manager Gus Lundberg explained that the budget amount had not changed from the tentative budget approved in July, but he had not included some contingency revenue and moved money in two funds, neither of which would have an effect on the overall budget.

“Once it (the tentative budget) is in place you cannot increase the overall expenditure,” said Lundberg. “I just missed a few things when it was put together.”

The council unanimously approved Resolution 2014-09, adopting the final budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

Lundberg explained that the hearing on the CDBG funds was procedural, and noted that the funds will be used for handicapped accessibility and playground equipment at Freeman Park.

The council unanimously approved Resolution 2014-10, Relocation Assistance Plan, and Resolution 2014-11, authorization to submit applications for the grant, both related to the CDBG funds.

In other business, the council approved the renewal of an intergovernmental agreement with the Office of Manufactured Housing (OMH) to enable the town’s building department to take care of some state duties.

Davis explained that this agreement benefits the people who would have to wait on the state to provide the service.

The council unanimously approved the five-year renewal of the agreement with the OMH.