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Bloomfield approves 2013 town budget

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Bloomfield Town Council approved the 2013 budget at the regular session Wednesday, which was the only item on the agenda.

The budget's first meeting was Sept. 17, and is set at a total of $1,323,739 with a tax rate of $.63.

Bloomfield Clerk-Treasurer Sondra Thompson said there were no major changes from the 2012 budget, and consisted of close to the same budgets.

The budget was passed with a 2-0 vote. Council President Eric Harrah was not in attendance.

Bloomfield Town Marshal Kenny Tharp updated the council on the status of the recently purchased all wheel drive Ford police cruiser.

"It should be here on the (Oct.) 8 or 9. I was hoping it would be here in time for the Apple Festival this weekend, but it won't be," Tharp said.

The council commended the Street and Sanitation Department for a job well done in the park in preparation for the Bloomfield Apple Festival, set to kick off Friday.

Dave Harding said he has seen the sandbags and belting to cover the chords in the park in order to be ready for vendors to start setting up Thursday night. He stressed to the Street Department to ensure the chords are being covered as soon as vendors start setting up.

"The park looks excellent. They (Street and Sanitation Department) even searched out a few holes and washouts and filled them to make sure nobody falls during the festival," Harding noted.

Bloomfield Apple Festival will feature vendors, musical entertainment and a carnival in the park and on Bloomfield School District grounds Friday and Saturday.

The Bloomfield Apple Festival Parade is set to start at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Councilman Doug Frye said he was pleased to see the concrete had been laid around the manhole at the intersection of Indiana and Washington Streets.

"It is pretty much ready for blacktop," Frye said.

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