By Pam Robinson
Everyone on the Mount Vernon City Council approved the 2013 city budget on first reading at its Thursday, August 23, meeting—everyone except Councilman Andy Hoehn. Hoehn objected to the amount designated for the line item regarding fire hydrant rental, wanting to see it cut by $150,000.
Hoehn pointed to a $300,000 line item while Clerk-Treasure Denise Dike reported the line item amount as $213,000 after the meeting.
Hoehn said he had voiced his concern in previous budget meetings, and he thought the line item would have been lowered to reflect that concern. In response, Councilman Bill Curtis said more discussion needed to occur regarding a cut in that line item. He added that the cut might come in 2014, but not in the 2013 budget.
Clerk-Treasurer Dike along with Curtis pointed out that to meet the deadline for filing the budget, council needed to act. The proposed budget still must be published twice and a public hearing held before it can be filed. Curtis was serving as Mayor Pro Tem since Mayor John Tucker was on vacation.
In other business:
• Council approved on first reading the 2013 salary ordinance, which, it was stated, awaits final approval after the 2013 budget is published and the public hearing is held.
• Council approved resolution 12-17 to allow a temporary loan from the Rainy Day Fund and the EDIT Fund to the General Fund and Parks & Rec. The loan must be repaid by December 31, 2012. Councilman Hoehn commented that he assumed this type of loan would go away next year after their budget work.
• In answering Councilman Hoehn’s question, Wastewater Superintendent Rodney Givens reported that he had invited three vendors to bid on removing the sewer line from the bridge near Wesselman’s. He added that engineers expect the removal to cost $25,000 or less. He estimated that the project should be moving in less than two weeks and said he would report to council again at their next meeting.
• Council members Andy Hoehn and Sue Shelton will be serving on the Redevelopment Commission.
•When meeting as the Water Utility Board, council heard a positive report on the Waterworks improvement project from Rich DeMarco of Johnson Controls, Inc.
The Mount Vernon City Council will meet again Thursday, September 6, 2012, 7 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.
By Pam Robinson
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