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Council Approves Budget

Published 6:47pm Monday, October 7, 2013

Passing a 2013/14 budget was the top priority at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council of Alexander City.
The budget has been in the works for a few weeks, and District 5 Councilman Jim Spann admitted it had been a long process.
“There have been a lot of hours and a lot of hard work done by Steve Hays, the mayor and the city council in regards to this budget,” Spann said. “Our capital budget this year is high, but the primary reason is we are coming up with about $2 million for ATRIP matching funds. Whenever we were reviewing other departments, in the back of our mind we knew we had to come up with that $2 million.”
This year’s capital budget is $6,601,236, up from $5.8 in 2012-13.
To make room for funds to be diverted to ATRIP projects, this meant making a lot of cuts, Spann said.
“We made some cuts at the last meeting, but we didn’t do them across the board,” Spann said. “We took some things that could be deferred or given higher priority and went from there.”
Spann added that the budget will be reviewed in six months to see how things are going financially.
“This isn’t a sustainable budget year after year, but the city is financially in good shape,” Spann said.
The mayor commended the teamwork it took to arrive at this budget.
“We got a council now that works together,” said Mayor Charles Shaw. “I am just proud of the way we worked on it and how we trimmed it back. I think it is a budget we can all work with.”
In other business, the council:
approved a resolution adopting the City of Alexander City Solid Waste Management Plan
Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a lease agreement with East Alabama Night Hunters Association for a Washington Street building
Approved a resolution declaring property no longer needed and authorizing the mayor to dispose of it. A 1989 Ditch Witch Trencher and trailer, 1990 Dresser Dozer and 2001 Ford Ranger Pick Up Truck were declared no longer needed.
Approved a resolution authorizing the purchasing agent to negotiate the purchase price for a GPS system and authorizing the mayor to execute any and all service contracts needed
Approved a resolution to allow a multi-church youth group concert in Strand Park on Oct. 26