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New Franklin adopts temporary operating budget

12/27/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council and city officials focused on financial matters as the year draws to a close.

At Council’s Dec. 19 meeting, members approved a resolution for a temporary operating budget for 2013. The temporary budget covers expected expenses for the first three months of the year and is based on expenditures made this year, according to Treasurer Susan Cooke.

The legislation establishes a temporary budget of almost $4.1 million. Cooke said Council and city officials will work to create a permanent budget to be adopted shortly after the first quarter.

Council also approved legislation authorizing the transfer of about $149,000 in funds among various funds, which Cooke explained was needed to ensure each fund had adequate money to cover expenses for 2012 and to close the books. She also told Council to expect more such transfers before the books are closed on 2012.

Cooke also said for the period ending Nov. 30, the city had a cash balance of about $3.2 million, and added she could not project how much of that would be a carryover for next year’s budget.

In other business, Council approved:

• a two-year agreement for 2013-14, renewing GPD Group as the city engineer, at a cost not to exceed $25,000 for each year;

• a two-year agreement for 2013-14, renewing CTI Engineers Inc. as a consultant to address central water, storm water and sewer/septic issues, at a cost not to exceed $15,000 for each year;

• an agreement with Environmental Design Group for $30,000 in engineering work required on the storm water improvements and parking lot expansion project next to City Hall, using a $186,800 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and $50,000 from the city as the required local match; and

• a change in the zoning of two parcels located on the southeast corner of Manchester and East Turkeyfoot Lake roads from B-2 (Heavy Commercial) to R-2 (Medium Density Residential), after a public hearing on the matter was held earlier in the meeting. The change matches the zoning of two other parcels located nearby and owned by Lynette Caplinger, who wants to use the property as pasture for her alpacas. Caplinger told officials she has four animals and will be getting one more.

Council also approved appointments and re-appointments to various board and commissions, including: David Witner to a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017, on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA); William Young as alternate member to a one-year term ending Dec. 31, 2013, on the BZA; Doug Holloway to a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017, on the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC); David Krock, who has served as an alternate member, to replace Andrew Ford for an unexpired five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2015, on the PZC; Thomas Squires to a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017, on the Property Maintenance Enforcement Board; and Mark Norris to a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017, on the Parks and Recreation Board.

Mayor Al Bollas announced one person still is needed to serve a five-year term on the Civil Service Commission and an alternate member is needed to serve a one-year term on the PZC. Anyone interested for either position should contact city officials at 330-882-4324.

Bollas also announced the Police Department has received $49,000 as their share for a 2011 drug bust on Comet Road.

In addition, Bollas named the winners of the city’s annual holiday lights contest:

√ the Montavons, 700 Rawlins Ave.;

√ the Drosts, 1107 Tait Road;

√ the Millers, 3357 Rhapsody Lane;

√ the Farleys, 427 Catalina Drive;

√ the Naragons, 2703 Delhi Drive;

√ the Flakers, 1120 W. Comet Road;

√ the Wallbrowns 6027 Grove Road;

√ the Fosters, 1190 Highwood Drive;

√ the Bennetts, 757 Fairwood Road;

√ the McDermotts, 5054 Peggy Ann Drive; and

√ the Speirs, 695 Leeman Drive.

The next Council meeting is set for Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. for an organizational meeting and continuing for committees and a regular meeting at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

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