Certainly exciting, agreed Mayor Harold Patrick and Council member Fay Northcutt-Knox.
From an upset utility district customer and headed words exchanged to Mayor Patrick stating that they are going to spend $83,703 more than they will be taking in when explaining this year's budget, they were right, it was exciting.
Utility customer who lives on Old Pumphouse Road stated that his water pressure was down and there was too many houses on too small of a line to which Alan Paschal, water works manager, stated they checked, and the pressure was at legal limits. Man threatened possible legal action and after he left with WPD Chief Tony Burnett walking after him, Mayor Patrick and Council Northcutt-Knox compared this to a Doolittle Road incident, explaining that legal action was taken and was found to be not culpable.
Property tax rate is set as the same as last year. One penny brings in $4,053.22, beer tax revenue is projected as $41,500. However, revenue from state projected to be down by 8.8%, interest income continues to decrease.
Even with revenues expected to be down, included in the budget is a 3% raise for all employees (acronym COLA, i.e., Cost of Living Adjustment), along with regular maintenance and other expenditures.
The budget was approved on first reading unanimously.
Not included but requested is $5,000 from Senior Citizens Center, $10,000 requested by County Executive Mike Gannon for landfill expense.
Also not included is signs for the Brown-Spurlock Park as it was still up in the air whether to redo the present signs or pay for new ones.
Man from a store on the square was expressing polite discontent pointing out that he had a visit by WPD Chief Burnett because he had his wares sitting outside his store to attract customer's attention. He stated he had what he thought was a slanted story in the Courier which ended up giving him more business. He also politely complained about JP's Fine Swine who had a truck with flat tires and a sign on the back sitting on the square and in front of his building, causing people to think that JP's was located at his place of business. He pointed out that each business could do that but wouldn't be good for the city overall. Council Jo Ann Davis stated that she didn't like it either and it was decided to refer the situation to the Planning Commission to see if something could be done. He also talked about the door on his building which opened to the outside and that the city could put up a handrail for safety which some stated that he might need to change the way his door opens on his building.
SAVE Lisa Baird requested to be included in the city's budget, stating that they were completing the orders of protection which saved the city money.
*Council approved the parade route as presented by Angela King, REACH
*Approved CCHS cheerleaders for fundraising roadblock
*Approved American Legion fundraising roadblock
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