Grantwood Village board OKs fiscal ’11 budget

The Grantwood Village Board of Trustees last week approved a fiscal 2011 budget totaling roughly $363,000.

Trustees voted unanimously June 15 to approve the budget, which puts fiscal 2011 revenues at $363,700 and expenditures at $363,638.

The village is expected to end fiscal 2010 with $381,045 in revenue and $371,280 in expenditures.

The fiscal 2010 budget projected revenues of $373,652 and expenditures of $373,585. The village has no outstanding debt.

Included in the budget is a new, $117,179 contract with St. Louis County police. The agreement reduces the number of officers assigned to the village from two to one but increases patrols by 50 percent.

The village will have its own officer eight hours a day, seven days a week. Police will patrol the village three times per eight-hour shift the remainder of the time.

The contract also provides the village with a full-time police supervisor and the support of the entire police force, if necessary.

In other business last week, the board voted unanimously to appoint Richard Muraski its fourth trustee.

He fills the second of three vacant seats left by former trustees Robert Prebil, Michael Boone and Glenn Biffignani, who re-signed last month.

Muraski is a financial data analyst at Washington University in St. Louis.

The board will continue to accept applications for the fifth trustee seat until July 1.

Board members also elected officers last week: Cathy Forand, chairman; Nancy Humes, treasurer; Robert Bess, street and building commissioner; and Muraski, village clerk.

Forand said the office for the remaining board seat, police commissioner, likely would be eliminated and replaced with a communications position.

Village Attorney Emily Kelly said the ordinance outlining the police commissioner’s duties conflicts with state law, which requires individuals in that position to have a certain level of police training to oversee police business.