Austerity in Cherry Valley

In addition to placing Village employees on a one-year wage freeze, Cherry Valley trustees this week repealed an ordinance that would have raised their salaries (in effect putting themselves on a 7-year freeze). Last April, they passed a resolution making it OK to return their wages to the Village.

The village president makes $13,500 annually. Village President Jim Claeyssen gives back $1,000 of his salary.

Other trustees have made similar arrangements and kicked in a few extra bucks to support programs such as this year’s street dance.

Empty gestures? Only the Villagers know for sure.