To prepare for the new fiscal year, beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, the Freistatt Village Board of Trustees has scheduled a budget workshop for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.
City Clerk Deborah Schoen reported budget targets have held within estimates for the year. Trustees purchased new tables, which arrived, for the Freistatt Community Center from the general fund. The board set aside no money for capital improvements.
According to the year-to-date report, the city's water revenues have remained marginal. If projections for the coming year fall below costs, Schoen said the federal Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program may recommend a water rate increase. Rural Development oversees the village's debt for upgrading the water system and must approve the annual budget,
Bills were paid for the month totaling $6,377.42. The village received a security deposit for one new utility customer for the month. Customers paid $41.44 in late fees for October.
Schoen noted eight households had yet to respond to the survey distributed on potential use of private wells. Residents have until Jan. 1, 2013 to answer so that the village can report results to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Village wells pumped 311,800 gallons of water in October. Water not accounted for and possibly lost through leaks in the system exceeded 14 percent for the month.
Trustees voted to renew a $6,373.57 certificate of deposit for an additional six months with First State Bank in Monett.
Property maintenance issues in the village were reviewed. The owner of a loose dog was tentatively identified and Schoen was directed to deliver a copy of the village's animal control ordinance to him.
The board will next meet on Thursday, Dec. 13.