On Oct. 14, the Village of Hilbert had their proposed budget meeting. A short fall of money in the budget has created many cuts for several departments within the village. Storm sewers have recently collapsed in areas, major ditch cleaning needs to be done, and bridge replacement is needed on Irish Roads just to name a few. The board doesn’t know how much money is even needed to proceed with these projects or where the money will even come from.
At the Oct. 14 meeting, there was a proposal to give the Hilbert Athletic Association $40,000 out of the general budget to turn the old baseball diamond 180 degrees. This was decided after over an hour of debate. Seems to be that two members have strong ties to the Hilbert Athletic Association, so one way or another this is going to happen. One wants to take moneys from the water tower fund for this, then later the general fund. The other threatens that the Athletic Association could disband and then what? I asked if this was a threat, the reply was no but in my opinion it certainly was, and also to the rest of the remaining village board members, thus trying to sway their vote. Then, there was the accusation that if this money isn’t given for the turn around of the ball diamond, we are slighting the kids. I don’t think so, but we need priorities.
The idea of budgets must not mean anything when some feel the need to demand money for this project instantly. Let’s remember we all have a wants and needs list, needs should come first. Try to run an open checkbook in your household and see how well that works for you.
If this does go through, we need to think about this the next time we are pumping 2-3 feet of water and sewage out of basements of taxpayers because of improper drainage. It has happened many times already, calling for dumpsters the next day and cleaning out basements. Maybe the people who want the $40,000 proposed project, should put their boots on and clean up the sewage and water and explain to the homeowners why the flooding issue continues on.
I urge the residents of Hilbert to call and ask their appointed members of the board, who are to represent the people and ask them why they would let something like this happen, or better yet, let’s all go [to] the final budget meeting Nov. 11 and we’ll see what the answer is for us.
It’s not that I am against the project, but there are proper ways to go about it by budgeting. There is not any proposal of cost on the project for an accurate cost and that kind of money should possibly go up on a referendum if the taxpayers are to pay for it.
With all respects to the Hilbert Athletic Association and the Hilbert Village Board because you do great things for the village.
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