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Orchard City considers budget of $1.91 million

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The Orchard City Town Board received copies of the town's proposed 2016 budget of $1.91 million during its meeting on Oct. 14.

The budget's $1.91 total expenditure figure includes spending on the following individual items from the various budget funds.

• $50,000 to pay for middle mile broadband infrastructure. The project would carry fiberoptic cable from the Orchard City DMEA substation on Fruitgrowers Road a distance of 3.37 miles to Tank Hill where a "carrier-neutral location" for providing access to broadband services could be established.

• A total of $51,181 will be transferred from the general fund to the park fund where it will be used to pay various maintenance and operating expenses of the facility.

• A $40,000 expenditure will pay for culvert repair on 2100 Road and other culvert work if required.

• Three crack sealing road projects -- Fox Ridge Drive, Saddle Ridge Road and Marshall's Road -- will cost $15,000.

• Expenses noted in the water fund include a number of items, with $128,000 in general maintenance and repairs and $30,000 for replacement of a pressure reducing valve at T Road among them.

• $300,000 will come from the water capital construction fund to pay for water line replacement in the Del Ray subdivision. $65,000 from the same fund will pay for two pressure reducing valve installations -- one along Highway 65 at Eckert and another on Happy Hollow Road.

The budget is normally finalized in December. It is a spending guide, and though projects are in the budget, there is no requirement they will be completed and funded in the coming year as proposed.

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