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For their last meeting of 2002, formal approval of a budget for 2003 was almost an afterthought for the Harford Township Supervisors. Jim Ketterer was absent as Rick Pisasik and Terry Van Gorden voted on Monday, December 30 to accept the budget proposed the day before Thanksgiving. The year-end meeting schedule was a little out of the ordinary because the holidays fell on their normal Wednesdays this year. The Supervisors allowed themselves a total of just over $462,000 for the new year, of which more than half, $224,674, is designated the "Township" budget, paid for from local taxes. The budget calls for no increase in taxes. The rest of the budget is supported by state funds and sewer system subscribers.

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New Milford Borough Meets

The entire contingent of the New Milford Borough Council, with Mayor Joe Taylor sitting in, met for its first meeting of the new year on a date that numerologists would have a lot of fun with. Council accepted last month’s minutes and this month’s treasurer’s report, and voted to pay the Borough bills.

It recognized January’s Good Neighbor, Jim Carpenetti, who was introduced by junior councilperson Brad Warren. Warren recapped Carpenetti’s years of being a good neighbor not just to the Warrens, but also his years of service to the Borough, which included serving as former councilperson and president, as well as current assistant fire chief of the Columbia Hose Co. and emergency medical technician for the ambulance.

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