Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson
Last month Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson reported during the town's council meeting that there had been an increase in the number of calls to the police regarding items being stolen out of vehicles. At Tuesday's meeting, Johnson reported that those calls have "gone down a bit."
Johnson still warns the community to keep car doors locked to deter this type of crime.
In other police business, Johnson asked the council to redistribute the funds which were previously approved in the salary ordinance. He said he would like to see a one percent increase in pay in addition to $800 for the two hourly employees at the police department and just a one percent increase in pay for the two salaried employees. The ordinance that was originally approved included a one percent increase in pay in addition to $400 for all police department employees.
Council members agreed to the redistribution of funds.
Johnson also announced that the police department recently attended and passed firearms qualification.
Clerk-treasurer Bill Warren reported that through the Defense Logistics Agency's RTD program, a 60,000-watt generator was obtained for the town's fire department at no cost to the town. The 5,600-pound generator "fired right up" after adding fuel and making a "few tweaks," said Warren. The generator is expected to be installed soon.
In other news, Fire Chief John Patch said that the fire department has teamed up with Amishville to offer a Haunted Woods event for two consecutive weekends on Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27, at Amishville.
In other business, a 2013 budget adoption hearing was held. There were no comments from council members or from the public, and the budget ordinance outlining $717,767 in spending for the upcoming year was approved.
Also, the Geneva Town Council approved the renewal of the annual interlocal agreement between North Adams Schools (SS/HS administrator), South Adams Schools and the town of Geneva for a school resource officer at South Adams.