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Needed water work boosts Montgomery’s budget

Updated: March 14, 2013 6:26AM

MONTGOMERY — The village may spend some $4.1 million more in the next fiscal year because of water improvements.

Acting Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel said the proposed fiscal 2014 budget is $24.3 million and attributes the increase to water issues.

The Village Board has yet to formally decide how they will fund some $8.2 million for improvements in the unincorporated area of Boulder Hill. Trustees voted to move forward on the plan and one option is to have residents in the affected area pay for the improvements by way of a rate increase.

Zoephel said the trustees would discuss budget plans over the next few months with a public hearing and two votes to approve the measure by the April 30 deadline.

In other items, a longtime business spot in the village may be opening again after the owners of a proposed Chinese restaurant requested a liquor license for their new establishment.

The Mill, at 310 N. River St., has been the topic of many proposals for new businesses. The original owner of the facility, Alice Sutcliff, died in August 2012 after operating the business for 53 years.

Trustees have entertained multiple requests for a liquor license at the facility, the latest one requested by Hao Hao Lucky. The mandate under the license is that at least 50 percent of the business come from serving food.

In keeping with policy, trustees removed the number of Class L liquor licenses to zero after the Gray’s Mill restaurant officially closed. The village has a policy that the number of liquor licenses available in the village match the number of businesses that sell liquor.

In addition to Hao Hao Lucky, owners of the E-Z Pizza & Pub have requested Class G liquor licenses.

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