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Sunbury may have some extra cash to play with

Village's coffers hold $390K over projections, but treasurer warns that could change


Nearly halfway through 2013, Sunbury has $390,000 more in its coffers over what was projected for its $2.8 million general fund budget -- leading one councilman to wonder how that money could be earmarked.

"There's potentially additional revenue coming in," said Councilman Dave Miller during the council's finance committee of the whole meeting Wednesday, June 19. "If the figures carry to the end of the year ... when do we earmark it or save it?"

Budget figures show that receipts, mostly through increased tax revenue, are $319,380 above what was estimated in the budget through May 31. Disbursements are down by $72,378.

Mayor Tommy Hatfield and Fiscal Officer Kathy Belcher said the figures can be deceptive, because revenue and expenses fluctuate month-to-month. The $390,000 could drop or go up by the end of the year, she said.

"I want to be able to capture that (money) and do something with it. I'm with you," Hatfield told Miller. "(But) you see this money and it changes and changes."

Miller, one of the newer members of council, said he realizes the money might not be around by the end of the year.

However, he said he would like to see something done if there is some extra money over what was budgeted. Perhaps some needed projects that lack funding could get that money, he said.

Any excess money sits in the general fund, so legislation would be needed to earmark such money for a specific purpose, Hatfield noted.


Warning sirens

During council's regular session June 19, Village Administrator Dave Martin said one of Sunbury's two storm-warning sirens is broken and the other is malfunctioning. The siren at the wastewater plant needs new parts and the one at the BST&G Fire District fire station has stopped rotating.

Workers plan to use parts from a third broken warning siren at the closed village water-treatment plant to fix the one at the wastewater plant. Parts to fix the one at the fire department also will be ordered. The sirens should be up and running within the next week or so, Martin said after the meeting.

Stormy weather earlier in June led to the sounding of the siren at the fire station, Martin said. It could be heard in the village, and police also drove up and down streets announcing there was a storm warning.

The council also could decide to replace the siren at the water-treatment plant, which broke several years ago, Martin said. That would give the village three working sirens. A new siren is estimated to cost about $25,000.

If that is done, council might discuss the possibility of buying all-new sirens, because the village then would be able to tie those sirens in with new technology used by Delaware County Emergency Management.


July Fourth events

Council members last week agreed to change the date of the next meeting from July 3 to July 10 to avoid conflict with Fourth of July events.

The Sunbury Big Walnut Chamber of Commerce organizes the annual July Fourth celebration. This year, a flea market will be open on the Town Square from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A dedication of a 7-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty will be held at 4 p.m. at Old Church Park downtown.

A parade will begin downtown at 10 a.m. There will be a Sizzle in July Fireworks Spectacular beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Big Walnut High School.

That event will feature music and other entertainment, bounce houses for the kids and concessions. The fireworks show itself will follow at 10 p.m at the high school.

Nearly 30 businesses and government entities are sponsoring this year's event.

"It's a great time in the community," Martin told council members. "The parade will be honoring World War II veterans. There will be 12 or 13 (veterans) in the parade."