Trustees approve budget

CALCUTTA-On Tuesday, trustees approved St. Clair Township’s total budget of $2,259,638.38 for the coming year.

According to fiscal officer Deborah Dawson, the township took all the steps required by law prior to approving the budget, including holding a public hearing and advertising it in local papers.

The budget must be submitted to the county auditor by July 20.

Trustee chairman Robert Swickard gave a breakdown of the budget by fund as follows: general fund; $316,260.10, motor vehicle license tax; $25,725, gasoline tax; $85,070, road and bridge; $310,800, police district; $989,100, fire levy; $256,200, permissive motor vehicle tax; $50,150, drug law enforcement $500, county permissive motor vehicle license tax $15,000, federal law enforcement; $500, excise lodging tax; $19,000, construction; $1333.28, TIF district 1; $160,000 and TIF district 2; $30,000.

In other business, trustees approved a sanitary sewer force main relocation and road improvements on Bell School Road for the new Beaver Local school building. Dallis Dawson and Associates provided trustees with a project description and specifications two weeks prior to Tuesday’s meeting, which gave trustees a chance to review the plans, according to Swickard.

“There’s no issues with the township, they’re making it (Bell School Road) better and safer,” said Swickard.

Also in other business, township road foreman Scott Barrett wished to advise township residents that his road crews will not be cleaning out the culvert pipes of private driveways. He said that during the recent heavy rains many township resident’s culvert pipes have become clogged with debris. However, with over 3,000 residences in the township, Barrett’s crew simply does not have time to clean out all of them. He said most driveway culvert pipes are not seriously clogged and can be unclogged without help from the road department.