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Homer Mayor Hal McCabe called into WXHC this morning to continue discussing COVID-19 and the measures taken so far to prepare the village for a “new normal” ahead.


The Board of Trustees last week furloughed seven village employees and a combined $250k worth of spending reductions, caused by a direct blow to sales tax revenue.

Details on the village’s cuts were finalized last night in executive session at the end of a regular board meeting.

Furloughs

  • 2 Part-Time Crossing Guards
  • 4 DPW/ Park Department Employees
  • 1 Recreation Department Employee
  • 1 Village Office Employee

Parks & Recreation Cuts

  • Park Rentals through the end of July
  • Cathy Stage Softball
  • Finger Lakes Softball
  • Homer Little League
  • Summer Learn to Swim
  • Summer Tennis Program
  • Summer Concert Series
  • Community Gardens

McCabe says at this point, the farmers market in front of the village green is still set to open on June 3. Additionally, a Summer Arts and Crafts Program is planned via Zoom, with more information on both events still being developed.

“In these unprecedented times, the Village Board will continue to review the situation to determine if programs can be added back safely, held at a later time, or a new program added later in the year,” said McCabe.


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