Posted Online: Oct. 04, 2012, 11:33 pm

Cleveland approves extra check for finances

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By Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com

CLEVELAND -- Trustees on Thursday night voted to put village trustee Sherri Krogman's name on the village checkbook.

After the meeting, Mayor Jim White said similar action had been done years before. "If that will alleviate their (trustees') fear or whatever, we'll put her on the checking account," he said.

He and four trustees, however, again wrestled with whether trustees must annually submit W-4 forms to receive pay. Mayor White said two Internal Revenue Service agents have told him trustees must, but rustees say they were given a different answer.

The mayor and trustees plan a conference call with an IRS agent Monday on the question.

Trustees on Thursday also unanimously approved a new police contract with Colona. Cleveland will pay Colona $600 a month for routine patrols, $30 per hour for overtime and $15 per hour for insurance and pension benefits. The former agreement, with officers working as independent contractors, prevented Colona from insuring them.

Noting Colona is writing an ordinance for the contract, Ms. Krogman criticized Mayor White for having the village attorney draw up a new police contract ordinance, calling it "hundreds of dollars for a legal contract that is useless."

Mayor White said there was a good chance the village won't be charged for the attorney's work.

Trustee Steve Ballegeer said he had heard that $336 worth of his approved expenditures for mulch and flowers at the boat ramp were not going to be paid and that Mayor White opposed the payment.

Mayor White asked trustees to talk with him privately about it, telling trustees to send him a recording of the expenditures' approval. Mr. Ballegeer said the expenditure was approved the month before it was done.

"It was in the print that we submitted," Mr. Ballegeer said.

Trustees on Thursday also set trick-or-treat hours for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31; approved contributing $250 to the Colona police and firefighters appreciation dinner; and discussed replacing or adding half a dozen street signs, including three new "Children Playing" signs.