Council hears supplement ordinance

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-By Katie Zerr

The Mobridge City Council on Monday, Dec. 2, approved the first reading of the 2013 Supplemental Appropriations.

Chief Finance Officer Heather Beck is out of the office, but left a detailed explanation of the ordinance for the council to approve. She also noted for the council that these numbers will change before the final reading on Dec. 18 as bills and debits will continue to come in through December.

Beck also noted the city is using $56,750 of unassigned fund balance (savings) to balance the 2013 budget, but that the sales tax revenue should be about $150,000 over the budget. That information should be available at the end of December.

The supplements include:

• Old city hall,$1,500. The city was required by the insurance company to repair the steps in front of the former city hall. The revenue source for this supplement is unassigned fund balance.

• The Mobridge Police Department,$46,750. Due to the hiring of the seventh E911 operator to meet the requirement of the state to have two dispatchers on duty 24-hours a day. The revenue source for this supplement is a reimbursement by the county of $40,500 and the remaining balance from unassigned funds.

• Mobridge Regional Airport,$45,000. The majority of this is engineering fees from the environmental assessment for the airport. That cost the city $36,622. Additional unbudgeted expenses were for repairs to the credit card equipment and purchasing a new credit card system. The source for this supplement is the unassigned funds.

• Parks,$15,000. MYO purchased lime to mark the ball fields in town. The city paid the bill of $7,600 and MYO reimbursed the city. The remaining balance is miscellaneous items within the park fund. The revenue source for this will be contributions and donations of $7,600, tree-moving fees of $3,400 and $4,000 from unassigned funds.

• A.H. Brown Library,$1,000. Additional building expenses were paid for out of the library fines account.

• 3B,$10,000. Sales tax is coming in above the budgeted amount. All 3B funds flow through the Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce. Revenue source is the 3B tax.

• Railroad Crossing, $455,000. No funds were budgeted for the crossing project due to the unknown completion date. The revenue source is the federal highway grant.

• Library expansion, $240,135. The project was carried into 2013. All of the original project was budgeted for 2012. The revenue source for this supplement is contributions and donations. This may change due to the city still holding the retainer for the contractor.

• Cemetery,$3,500. Fees for grave digging increased and more graves were dug after the budget was set. The revenue source for this supplement is cemetery fees.

After an explanation from Mobridge Police Chief Justin Jungwirth concerning an earlier complaint that there was some sale of alcohol after hours at a Main Street business that has been addressed, the council approved the following liquor license renewals:

• Approved liquor license renewals the following businesses: Bar None/Caboose (on and off-sale); Jackson Enterprises; Bridge City Liquors; KT’s Fireside Supper Club; Last Chance Bar and Grill; The Moose Club; Stoick’s Inc.; Silver Dollar; Oak Keg Liquors; Pauly’s Pub and Casino; Duckwall Alco; Trail Liquors; The Grand Oasis; and American Legion Club.

The council also approved a step increase for Officer Thomas Strickland from $17.37 to $17.59 per hour effective Nov. 18.

The officers for the Mobridge Fire Department were also approved. They are Fire Chief Brad Milliken, Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Voller, and Secretary/Treasurer James Bieber.

The council also approved advertising the hay bale lease on city owned land and a travel request to send Don Blankartz to Aberdeen to attend a wastewater treatment class Dec. 3 through 5.

– Katie Zerr -

 
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