|Council approves final draft of budget|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Holyoke City Council members approved a $6.4 million budget for 2013 at the Tuesday, Nov. 20 meeting.
Also approved was the first reading of the annual appropriations ordinance. The final reading and passage will be held during the council’s Dec. 4 meeting.
Total appropriations in the budget are $6,401,571 with the majority in the general fund, $2,894,252, and utility fund, $3,116,581.
Other appropriations were as follows:
Sale of Heginbotham Land Fund $ 150
Equipment Replacement Fund 76,500
Library Land Fund 649
Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund 5,400
Fire Pension Fund 19,675
Massman Memorial Fund 100
Contingency Fund 0
Cem White/Leeper Memorial Fund 11,056
Conservation Trust Fund 70,000
LeBlanc Estate Fund 7,208
Capital Reserve Fund 0
Spindler Library Fund 5,000
Reports of city officials
Council members heard reports from Jeff Deselms and police chief Doug Bergstrom.
Deselms, filling in for City supt. Mark Brown, said last Tuesday, Nov. 20 was the final day for city leaf pick-up. He noted they were planning to make one last sweep of the town Wednesday, Nov. 21 but whatever was left after that would be left for the residents to clean up or take the risk of getting a ticket issued.
Deselms said he and Mayor Orville Tonsing met with representatives of Cobblestone Inn and Suites who said they are looking to begin moving dirt within two weeks of last week’s council meeting for the new hotel on the south end of town.
Councilman Scott Murray noted he had been contacted by someone who was concerned with the cleanliness of the restrooms at the Holyoke Airport. He said the governor flew into Holyoke recently and the condition of the restroom could’ve been a bit better as that was probably the first stop the governor made upon arrival to Holyoke.
Bergstrom said his department has received some more calls regarding slashed vehicle tires in town. He said the department is changing up the schedule some to see if they can catch someone out and about committing the crimes.
During committee reports, councilman Kevin Scott noted Phillips County Economic Development Corporation is currently in the process of looking for another executive director. Scott said Jeff Weaver recently turned in his resignation.
In other business Nov. 20, council members:
—approved request to have a tree planted at Heginbotham Library in memory of Martin Roth.
—allowed notice for electric rate increase to be published with a two percent increase scheduled in 2013 for usage.
—approved holiday bonus for full-time employees.
—voted to provide the prize money and judges for the annual lighting contest.
—renewed the Volunteer Accident Medical Plan with CIRSA for 2013.
—accepted the 2013 renewal quote for boiler and machinery insurance from CIRSA at $1,158.
—voted to move the first meeting in January to Wednesday, Jan. 2 because of the New Year’s Holiday.
—voted to extend the sewer to the south end of the property owned by Holyoke Hotel LLC.
—decided to stay with Vaisala for the AWOS maintenance contract.
—approved addition of Community Service Workers Accident Medical Plan with CIRSA for 2013.
Holyoke Enterprise November 29, 2012