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Hancock briefs

May 15, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Proposed budget is 5 percent higher than previous year's

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council held a public hearing Wednesday to discuss a draft of the town's proposed fiscal 2008-09 budget.

The town's projected revenue for the general fund is $961,976, up about 5 percent from the previous year, as a result of new revenue from a cell tower, more money from the county and a higher tax base due to rising property assessments, Town Manager David Smith said. The fund covers all of the town's budgeted expenditures, including a $75,347 contingency fund, he said.

The budget figures in a 4 percent raise for the town's hourly employees to cover the rising cost of living, Smith said.

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The town's proposed budgets for water and wastewater are lower than the previous year because of a decrease in the use of water and work that has been done to repair leaks, Smith said. Revenue for those departments is projected to be lower because development has slowed and the town is not taking in as much in connection fees, he said.

Kirkwood Park bridge has opened to traffic

HANCOCK - More than four years after the bridge at Kirkwood Park was damaged during flooding, the new bridge was completed and opened to traffic in late April, Hancock officials said.

The total cost of the new bridge was about $338,000, Town Manager David Smith said. About $225,000 of that has been reimbursed in the form of grants, he said.

Most recently, the project was allocated $50,000 in Project Open Space funds, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

The new steel construction bridge is 16 feet wide and 60 feet long and can support heavy trucks, Smith said.

A opening ceremony will be planned to celebrate the bridge's completion, Murphy said.

'Sunday in the Park' schedule announced

HANCOCK - Hancock Arts Council member Sinclair Hamilton on Wednesday announced the schedule for the town's "Sunday in the Park" concert series.

The concerts will be on the third Sunday each month over the summer at 5 p.m., Hamilton said.

The June concert will feature a blues band, the July concert will feature '50s rock 'n' roll and the August concert will feature the Rohrersville Band, Hamilton said.

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