By KATINA WATT      News-Herald Staff Writer

HOPEDALE – After a tumultuous year financially, the village of Hopedale is taking steps to remedy the situation, and get the town back on track. The village has dealt with missing paperwork for a waterline grant project, and recurrence late fees on monthly expenses, but is finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

After a lengthy financial meeting before Monday night’s meeting, council approved newly elected Clerk/Treasurer Denise Geanangel to prepare the proper document to allow the village to seek a $25,000 advance into the general fund to enable her to close out the books for October and November, allowing the village to be free of late fees and other issues that have plagued the village. Geanangel has been working diligently with a seasoned, visiting clerk/treasurer to restore the village’s books to order.

“This year we have had no choice but to focus our attention on finance and water issues in the village,” Councilwoman Kate Stringer stated, “and we have let other things go- such as the condition of our streets. Next year we hope to focus on all aspects of village business.”

Further highlights of  the Hopedale,  Jewett and Scio council meetings, can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.