The “no standing” signs on Canada Street in front of H.O. Brumsted Elementary School will remain in place, much to the chagrin of some parents.
The Holland Town Board made the decision Wednesday, a month after Judy Hartke went before the board, on behalf of herself and other parents, asking that they be removed.
Parents are supposed to park in the lot across the street, then walk over and pick up their children, but some have short-cut the process by waiting in front of the building, disregarding the “no standing” signs.
Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk said, “It is a narrow street, especially with the buses. The ‘no standing’ signs are up there for a reason.” He pointed out, “These are walkers, kids that should be walking to school.”
In another matter, the board debated a resolution that would oppose the minimum wage increase proposed at the state level.
The supervisor said that shifting from the current $7.75 to the proposed $9.50 would affect the cost of summer recreational department employees.However, because only five or six employees are added to the payroll each summer, it would not be a substantial amount. Still, board member Roberta Herr remained opposed. “I don’t think we should do it in one jump. Small business owners are worried. I work with some franchise owners and this will have a huge, huge impact on them,” Herr said. The board decided to take no action on the proposal..
In still another matter, residents in Holland will be able to pay their next tax bills with credit cards. Tax Collector June McArthur said new software will give residents the opportunity to pay their tax bills online.
“This comes at no charge to the town,” McArthur said, “but residents will have to pay 2.45 percent of their bill as an extra charge for the convenience,” she said. The Board gave the go-ahead for McArthur to offer the option. The next tax bills will list the website taxpayers can use for online payment.