Plandome talks budget, generators

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The Village of Plandome held a brief board of trustees meeting Tuesday detailing recent budgetary transactions and the resident response to its new generator law.

The board approved a $7,000 transfer from the village’s contingency account for use on its new shed and garage door and moved $15,000 from the contingency account to be put toward the village’s sanitation contract, Village Clerk/Treasurer Elizabeth Kaye said. 

The village entered into a new garbage contract at the start of the fiscal year, but had not yet decided on a provider. The budgeted amount was less than what it needed.

Mayor M. Lloyd Williams said the village had received a 40 percent increase in building permit requests for generators.

Williams said he was concerned generators may not be legal for use during emergency blackouts, but Trustee Judy Bode said they may be legal for use in that instance. 

Williams said he is also concerned about the storage of fuel to run the generators.

“My concern about portable generators is how much gas people have stored in their garage,” Lloyd said.

Trustees also discussed the start of the New York Public Interest Research Group’s solicitation of donations through the village, which runs through Nov. 2. 

The New York Public Interest Research Group is a non-profit organization focused on protecting the environment.

Officials said the village has a non-solicitation law in place for commercial businesses, but non-profit organizations may apply for a permit and request approval to solicit donations. 

The board did not receive any reports from the police. In the village’s fire report, there were two house fires, a car fire, and a transformer fire included in the department’s 10 overall incidents.

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