Glenville

Glenville faces facilities decisions

2019 will be year of "challenges," Koetzle says
The Glenville Department of Public Works yard and salt barn is shown here.
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The Glenville Department of Public Works yard and salt barn is shown here.

GLENVILLE

The town will need to make decisions about whether to renovate or replace its highway department garage and Town Hall in 2019, Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said.

As he begins to put together next year’s town budget, Koetzle said the town also needs to start planning for a separate department to manage and maintain its parks, which it continues to expand.

But whatever initiatives he includes in the 2019 budget will also need to account for a state-imposed two percent tax cap, which will limit the increase in the town’s property tax levy to $180,000.

“Every year is going to be a challenge,” Koetzle said in a presentation this week to the Town Board.

Koetzle noted that the Town Hall and town highway garage are both antiquated and in need of replacement. The town has a $1.5 million grant for improvements to the police station in Town Hall, but said the town shouldn’t invest that money if its subsequently going to move the Town Hall elsewhere.

“I think this will be the year the board has to make a decision,” Koetzle said.

The Town Hall on Glenridge Road is located in a former movie theater that was renovated to allow office uses, and the town last year hired an architect to look at whether the building can be renovated to meet current town office needs.

The highway garage complex on Vley Road, meanwhile, has gone unimproved for decades, even as the highway department has grown.

New personnel positions already added or being planned for next year include an additional police officer,a  full-time director of human services, a grant manager in the planning department, and an additional water and sewer department of employee. Koetzle also said the highway department can’t keep up with the work needed in the town parks, and a separate park department should be created.

“We’re a town of 30,000 people and we don’t have anyone in charge of managing the parks,” Koetzle said.

The current town budget totals $17.35 million. A year ago, it increased property taxes 1.68 percent — an increase that Koetzle blames on a Schenectady County sales tax formula that has provided the town with only minimal increases in sales tax revenue.

The tentative 2019 budget is due to be filed in the town clerk’s office by Sept. 30, and reviewed by the Town Board during October. Tentative plans for a public hearing on the spending plan to be held Nov. 7, with a vote that night or soon afterward.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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