Archive for Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Council gives go-ahead for additional $207,624 in 2011 expenditures

December 14, 2011

The Edwardsville City Council Monday conducted a public hearing and unanimously approved an amendment to the 2011 budget to account for an increase of $207,624 in expenditures.

City Administrator Michael Webb said the action was necessary since, by state statute, a city’s budget must be amended if the city spends more in any given fund than it had originally budgeted for. He said amendments to the budget were nothing new, as the city council usually goes through this process at about this same time every year.

Increases in spending were approved for the special highway, sewer, solid waste and economic development funds. The latter fund constituted the lion’s share of the total approved increase, going from an original budgeted amount of $35,079 to $187,953, or a total increase of $151,953. Webb said the large increase was to account for 2011 projects that included the preliminary Little Turkey Creek sewer design plan, for which the city spent $63,975, and the completed improvements to Blake Street as part of the Premiere Beverage, Inc. industrial revenue bond project, for which the city spent $80,000 — though the city was essentially reimbursed the $80,000 through a 1 percent origination fee it received as part of the IRB agreement with Premiere Beverage, which is owned by Texas-based Glazer’s Distributors. Webb said spending for those projects wasn’t in the original budget since neither project came up as an agenda item for approval by the council until this year — well after the 2011 budget was approved in the summer of 2010.

“We didn’t even know Glazer’s was going to be a project at that point,” Webb said, noting the same was true for the preliminary design on a new sewer system that would connect to the Little Turkey Creek Interceptor in Kansas City, Kan., which was approved by the council in September.

Premiere Beverage, for which the city in February issued $8 million in IRBs, will operate out of the building formerly occupied by Appleton Papers, Inc. on Blake Street.

Expenditures in the special highway fund were increased a total of $49,225, going from $237,822 in expenditures to $287,047 in expenditures. Webb said much of that was to account for patch work on several city roads, including 102nd Street and Edwardsville Drive, and additional spending that was made on snow removal early this year.

The sewer fund was increased by $5,000, going from $95,000 in expenditures to $100,000 in expenditures, to account for increased costs of utilities for lift stations. And the solid waste fund had the smallest increase of $1,446, going from $113,600 in expenditures to $115,046 in expenditures. Webb said that was to account for the 5 percent increase in solid waste charges imposed by Deffenbaugh this year.

The city’s mill levy will not be affected by the increases, Webb said.

No public comments were made or questions asked during the public hearing.

In other action Monday, the council:

• Unanimously approved the minutes of the Nov. 28 meeting.

• Unanimously approved payment of bills totaling $520,302.

• Unanimously approved cereal malt beverage licenses for Jackson’s Service Center, 10635 Kaw Drive; M.S. Petroleum, 10421 Kaw Drive; Surf N Go IV, 9715 Kaw Drive; and Roscoe’s BBQ, 9711 Kaw Drive.

• Unanimously canceled the meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 26, as it falls the day after Christmas. The next meeting of the Edwardsville City Council will be Jan. 9.

• Unanimously approved the appointments of John Kindred and Wayne Snider to the Cemetery Board; Gary Green, Leo Mills, Jane Jackson and Christopher Handlin to the Board of Zoning Appeals; and David Hackathorn and Jason Gillam to the Edwardsville Planning Commission.

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