Alderman Jim Thornton, chair of the Finance & Development Committee, presented the City Council with its annual appropriations ordinance. The ordinance outlines spending for from the city’s major funds including its general, road and bridge and water.
The Administration Fund was the largest fund to increase, up $448,000 to $1.75 million, accounting for building improvements as well as the annual $100,000 payment to secure AMT as the city's ambulance provider.
Road and Bridge saw the second largest decrease over 2013, falling $670,000 from $2.1 million in 2013 to $1.4 million this year. Allocation for the TIF Business District led the largest drop, falling $810,000 from nearly $2 million in 2013 to $1.2 million for 2014.
A public hearing on the appropriations ordinance was held 15 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. start of the regular Monday meeting. No one appeared at the hearing to address the council.
The ordinance provides the legal authority under which a municipality allocates money to specific spending activities. In addition, it establishes the municipality's legal spending limit for the fiscal year, and serves as the basis for the property tax levy filed in December.
The appropriation ordinance runs from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
In other business, the council:
- hired Zack Isreal as a new part-time employee in the Public Works Department, at a hourly rate of $10.50.
- approved an expenditure not to exceed $8,500 payable to Advanced Asphalt for paving of the alley from Elm Street to Walnut Street between First and Front streets payable from the Central Business TIF.
- approved two applications in the Sidewalk Program for Mike Reno, 607 W. Pine St. for $1,000, and Les Tiller, 804 Sixth St. for $1,220.40. That leaves $18,991.60 as the remaining balance for the program.
- approved $1,883.50 payable to Engbrecht Concrete for repair of various sidewalk areas where the Public Works Department did work over the last year, payable from the water and sewer fund.