WEST CARTHAGE Following a public hearing during which no one spoke, the village Board of Trustees approved several local laws June 25.
The board enacted laws concerning alcohol consumption, loitering and curfew. The consumption of alcohol or the possession of an open container containing an alcoholic beverage is prohibited on restricted public lands without a special permit.
Trustee Scott J. Sullivan said this measure was long overdue.
Loitering in the Bridge Street public parking lot between 2:30 and 6 a.m. is banned.
The board suggested these laws because of complaints from residents that patrons from downtown drinking establishments have been disruptive.
The board has set a curfew for Donald F. Getman Memorial Park on Franklin Street. No one is allowed to enter or remain in the park between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. unless given special written permission by the village board.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 2012 F-250 XL pickup truck through a state contract at a cost of $28,651.71. This is to replace a truck that recently was deemed surplus.
Village officials approved the rental of a portable toilet to be placed at the boat launch off Main Street at a cost of $130 per month.
Sewer and water rates will increase as of June 1. The raise is necessary for the operation, maintenance and long-term debt of the joint utilities plants shared with Carthage. The new rates were reviewed during a public hearing in April along with other budget items. Water rates in the village are now $35 for the first 400 cubic feet and $4.25 for each 100 cubic feet thereafter, and sewer is $4.50 per 100 cubic feet. For those in the system outside village limits, the rate is $4.90 per 100 cubic feet for both water and sewer. The rate for town of Champion residents is $4.25 per 100 cubic feet.
The board approved summer hours for the village offices of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting this week.
The board will meet only once a month during the summer; the next meeting is set for 6 p.m. July 16 at the village offices, 61 High St.