Recorder News Staff

MOHAWK — The Mohawk Town Board met Thursday, passing resolutions amending the operating the budget and setting a budget workshop date and a public hearing regarding a local law for flood damage.

Town Supervisor Edward Bishop told board members he needed to set a date for their annual budget workshop.

“It has to be on the October agenda to be approved,” Bishop said.

The town board passed a motion and will meet Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the 2018 budget. Bishop said the budget process has been going pretty good. He doesn’t expect any major changes compared to the current year.

A public hearing was set for Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The hearing is for Local Law No. 5 regarding flood damage protecting. Bishop said the law is extensive.

He said adopting a flood damage protection law is a state and federal requirement and holding the public hearing will begin the process. The Department of Environmental Conversation requires the protection in order for the town to purchase flood insurance.

The board also passed a resolution to amend the 2017 operating budget. A total of  $6,000 was moved from the attorney’s account and divvied up between three budget lines. According to the resolution, the town clerk, animal control and library items were short and need to be replenished.

Bishop said the board approved $500 more for the Frothingham Free Library previously. For the control of animals, Bishop mentioned that there have been five or six more rabies response calls compared to past years and the dog control officer was required to get rabies shots that cost more than $1,000.

He said the clerk’s office needed more supplies.

Another resolution to amend the 2017 operating budget moved $20,000 from the machinery contractual account to the snow removal contractual line.

“Basically, what that is, is catching up from last winter with our salt and our sand and bringing that back up to current levels,” Bishop said.

He said the town is saving money in the machinery account because they are doing a lot in-house.

Additionally, the board passed a resolution to renew Edward Calhoun’s term on the board of assessment review. This will run until Sept. 30, 2022.