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Bainbridge locks in 2013 budget, new utility board member

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BAINBRIDGE -- After a year of change -- the water tower; the salt barn; the storm water project -- the Bainbridge Town Council expects to be dialing back spending in 2013.

The council members made that known last week when they approved next year's budget.

The total is the same, marking the eighth consecutive year of a static budget, but they appointed $5,000 to go to the rainy day fund, reducing the local road and street fund from $6,000 to $1,000.

In spite of the projects in 2012, council president Chuck McElwee said the town is expected to be able to contribute to the rainy day fund at the end of this year as well.

This is due in part to the work of the town utility board, which will be undergoing more noticeable changes next year.

Long-time utility board member Dennis Lents will be resigning on Oct. 31.

In September, the council asked utility board president Jeff Kiger to make a recommendation for Lents' replacement.

Kiger said he spoke to a few candidates and decided Robert Hensley was the best choice.

Upon his recommendation, Hensley was appointed by the town council with a unanimous vote.

In other business:

- The council chose to set the hours for trick-or-treating at 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

- Second readings for 2013 wages and increased gas rates were made.

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