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Tonight’s Homer Work Session: Village Signs, Budgeting, “Imploding County Government”

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(Old signs that will be replaced)

The Village of Homer holds its monthly board work session at 6:00 tonight (August 29), where Mayor Hal McCabe says at least 45 minutes will be alloted to discussions around the new village sign debate.

McCabe announced yesterday a change of course in the way the design of the new signs will be selected.

He had previously said the Board of Trustees would decide independently, but the measure will now be taken to a “one person, one vote” referendum that will soon be mailed out with the residential water bills.

Residents will have three different designs to choose from.

The village’s design includes an updated color scheme that reads “Welcome to Historic Homer;” another design will feature a new version that continues to mention folk legend David Horum; and a third will consider one of the many other prominent figures in Homer’s history.

Discussion on the new signs is expected to begin around 6:30.

Mayor McCabe also told WXHC News that tonight’s work session will include discussion on the upcoming budget process, as well as what the village needs to do to prepare for “the impending implosion of the county government.”

His renewed urgency follows last week’s announcement by the County Legislature that it’s facing a $5 million deficit this year, with four additional months of budgeting left in 2019.

Homer’s one of many municipalities in the county that signed onto a formal statement of disapproval back in AprilĀ (more on that story here).

Tonight’s informal work session is open to the public and takes place at the Homer Town Hall.

In other Village news, the historic Pine Street bridge will be closed for a few days, while crews work to install new “rip rap” stones to protect the footing of the structure.

The bridge was originally built in 1878 and reopened to traffic in June, following years of extensive structural repairs.

Click here to read more from June’s grand reopening.


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