WEST LAFAYETTE -- It's that time of year that village and city municipalities across the nation are gearing up for another fiscal year, and attempting to make sure they have adequate funding earmarked for each of its departments. While some municipalities may still be busily assessing their needs and only be approving temporary appropriations at this time, village councilmembers in West Lafayette have completed their assessment and recently approved the permanent appropriations for 2013.

The appropriations are as follows: General fund, $474,450; Sstreet fund, $92,675; highway fund, $10,667; street repair fund, $115,000; MVL fund: $5,210; fire department, $98,130; water fund, $421,684; and sewer fund, $355,553.

The grand total for the permanent appropriations is $1,573,368. The new appropriations will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Other business from the Dec. 10 regular council meeting included the following items:

A resolution was approved to add funds of $2,600 to the police general funds ($800 to MAIT/police general, and $1,800 to supplies/police general). This was the result of the sale from the two former patrol cars (1999 and 2001 Crown Victoria). Ordinance to establish the 2013 benefit and pay scale for those employed by the Village of West Lafayette was approved. Also approved was a repayment of a partial fund advance of $20,000 to the general fund from the street department fund. The remaining $5000 will be repaid by the original agreed date of April 30, 2013.

Correspondence was received by Mayor Jack Patterson concerning infrastructure replacement program being planned statewide for May 2013 by Columbia Gas of Ohio. It is estimated that consumers will see an increase in their bill by about $1.20 per month.

Council approved the 2013 membership renewal fee for Coshocton County Regional Planning. Ron Lusk will be the representative for the village. Don Lusk will be alternate representative.

The new contract for the village solicitor is in progress.

West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce representative Christie Maurer said the regular monthly meetings will take place in the West Lafayette council chambers on Railroad Street starting in January. The meetings will take place the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Items from the council meeting that took place Dec. 17 included:

Bill Owens was approved as village solicitor for 2013. A new contract has been completed.

Council approved an amendment the new appropriations to cover overtime for village employees that is expected before the end of the year.

Council's next meeting will be Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.