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Ceylon studies uses for virus relief funds

CEYLON — The city of Ceylon is still contemplating how to use $24,465 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds.

The money must be used in connection with the pandemic, and related to loss of income or expenses from circumstances.

Two grinder pumps to aid in the disintegration of items in the sewer lines as well as a generator were mentioned as possible expenses. Also suggested was helping the fire department with expenses for a washer and dryer to launder turnout gear and coveralls worn at fires, given possible exposure to COVID-19.

Other things mentioned: laptops for children without access to one for in-home learning and aid to businesses that lost income because of shutdowns.

The council tabled the discussion until more information can be reported at its next meeting.

In other business, the council:

o Approved a preliminary 2021 budget with a property tax levy hike of 7.04 percent. The preliminary budget must be turned in to the state by the end of September. A final budget must be approved in December. Council members hope to decrease the levy by then.

o Noted possible street repairs on Lincoln, Grove, Grant, Sherman and Maple streets.

o Discussed the empty lots where two houses were demolished, as well as other empty lots in town. Getting houses or storage facilities on these lots would add to property taxes and payments for utilities, and eliminate the expense of mowing them.

o Discussed a possible new ordinance to help the city clean up four or five properties whose owners are not removing junk, as the city would like.

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