Celoron Swears In New Mayor, Trustee; Budget Approved

CELORON – The village of Celoron has a new mayor and a trustee.

On Monday, Scott Schrecengost was appointed to be the next mayor of Celoron. Schrecengost, who was a village trustee, was appointed by the board to finish the mayoral term of John ”Jack” Keeney, who passed away last month after battling cancer.

”Thank you for placing your confidence in me by appointing me mayor for the village of Celoron. It is a great honor to serve the residents of the village in this manner,” Schrecengost said. ”Mayor Keeney has left big shoes to fill. He approached the job of mayor in the same way that he approached coaching a football team. When he first took office, a lot of village documents and important information necessary to properly run the village were missing. To him it was like being down 24-0 in the fourth quarter. He assembled a team with professional staff members and numerous community members. With all the hard work, Mayor Keeney has pulled the community together greater than he ever knew.”

During the public speaking portion of the meeting, Mary Keeney spoke about John’s final days and how much pleasure he took in working with the board as the village’s mayor.

”He never looked at it as work,” she said.

After being appointed mayor, Schrecengost appointed Steven Grundstrom to finish his term as village trustee. Grundstrom is a member of the village’s Zoning Board. Both appointments for Schrecengost and Grundstrom expire the first week of December.

In other village business, the board passed the 2013-14 budget. The village’s budget had some changes made to it since it was first presented last month. Village officials had proposed a $1,541 tax levy increase in the new spending plan, but that was reduced to a $510 hike. The tax levy passed by the board was $210,058, which is a .2 percent increase. The tax rate will increase 5 cents to $6.37 per $1,000 assessed property value.

”Despite a loss of $200,000 in taxable value, increased retirement system costs, increased workers compensation costs and increased fuel costs, we have been able to limit the tax levy increase to $510,” Schrecengost said. ”This was accomplished in part by restructuring the clerk’s office staffing. Prior to April of 2009, the staff consisted of a full-time clerk-treasurer and had two to three part-time employees. In April of 2009, the staffing level was changed to one part-time clerk-treasurer and one part-time deputy clerk, which has saved the taxpayers close to $100,000 over the last four years.”