O’Falls Budget Approved

Oriskany Falls Village Board members made adjustments to the 2022-23 budget at a recent workshop.


Building Contractual was increased from $5,000 to $9,500. Cost of Utilities went from $18,000 to $20,000.


Garbage Contractual went up to $41,880 from $38,160. Safety Electrical went from $1,000 to $3,000.


Spending for Tree Contractual was decreased from $10,000 to $1,500. The Village will use the deferral recovery money for the Main Street Tree Replacement project after being approved for the county program.


Oneida County will fund half the $30,000 cost and the Village will use its federal funds for the match.


Also in the budget will be a Water User Fee Increase, formerly known as Water Capital Charge, and the minimum use fee increase for all customers of the Village of Oriskany Falls Water System.


The Proposed Water User Fee for Inside Village Residents is $33.50 and Outside Village User is $45.25. The proposed minimum use fee for Village Residents is $11 for under 2,500 gallons of water used a quarter and Outside Village Customers is $16.50 under 2,500 gallons. These changes are to take effect July 1.


The minimum fee had last been raised in 2001.


Board members followed the one-hour workshop with their March monthly meeting.


The reports from the Oriskany Falls Fire Commissioners, Clerk/Treasurer and Codes Officer were approved.


Board members approved payment to DMA Fire Apparatus in the amount of $1,700 once funds have been received, as Broker Agent on the 1994 Pumper.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Geoff Stevens’ report was accepted. There was discussion on fixing the Maple Avenue Pump Station as one of the pumps need to be replaced.


Stevens has been in contact with BGM for a replacement.


The Village will hold two trash day events this year, one week in June for residential curb placement and then two days in October for junk to be brought to the Village Garage on Mill Street.


Board members approved taking the steps to disclose a possible conflict-of-interest with an applicant who qualified for the Community Housing grant.

Some work was done on the Regulating Fencing Law that will be proposed at the April meeting. Changes were made to reduce restrictions on height and location.


Board members voted 4-1 to adopt a law regulating chickens. The new law states:

1. No more than 10 chickens are allowed at a dwelling.

2. Chickens must have an enclosed area.

3. All coops and runs shall be located within a rear yard only. Coops shall be at least 15 feet from any…



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