WILLIAMSTOWN - City council Tuesday approved the budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 as it was presented.
The budget for the 12-month period beginning in July is less than $1 million at $944,171 and includes a projected carryover of about $250,000 from the current year.
There is a difference of less than $90,000 between the upcoming budget and the current year with this coming year to be the larger.
"It's pretty cut and dry," said Councilman Marty Seufer. "There's not a lot of increase on either side."
Council was approached by Jim Latham and Tonya Tullius with the Riverfront Roar about the use of the Williamstown boat ramp area to place a new third class of boats in the water during the July event.
"This is the 10th year of the roar and Williamstown has always been a wonderful partner," Latham said.
The committee plans to add a third class of boats that have a different design to the races this year to commemorate a decade of the weekend event. This third class, unlike the type of boat in the other two classes of boats, will need to be placed in the river with the use of a crane. The other boats are placed in the water on the Ohio side using the ramp, Latham said.
"Because a crane will need to be used, we feel Williamstown is the best place to do this," he said.
Latham did acknowledge that the Williamstown side of the Ohio River is a popular area for spectators during the roar and that the committee does not want to hamper their enjoyment or get in the way of the city's ramp, which must always be open for emergency purposes.
"(Because) the ramp has always been used as emergency access, I don't know if it is possible," said Councilman Paul Jordan, who is a city firefighter.
Seufer, who is chairman of the city parks committee, suggested Latham and Tullius meet with members of the parks committee at the boat ramp once the high water recedes to assess the area and decide if placing the crane at the site will be possible.
After that meeting, Seufer will come back to council with the committee's decision.
Council heard from Lisa Wilkinson with CAS Cable, which sent the city a franchise request that was discussed at the March 2 council meeting.
Wilkinson said the company has been in Wood County since 1977 and Williamstown is "just another piece" the company would like to be able to provide service to.
The company, like the city's current solo provider Suddenlink, provides cable, Internet and phone services, but, Wilkinson said, at a lower cost.
In the letter, CAS Cable asked for a 15-year franchise agreement, which Wilkinson said is necessary to build infrastructure and place lines, which could take as long as two to three years to begin service.
City attorney Blaine Myers previously said the contract with Suddenlink, which ends in 2012, is not an exclusive contract. This allows the city to enter another agreement with CAS Cable.
Myers said the length of the contract CAS Cable is requesting is an issue.
"I think my concern here is (that) 15 years is a long time," Seufer said.
Myers will meet with representatives for CAS Cable and work on a proposal prior to a mandatory public meeting. That meeting date is unknown pending the meeting between Myers and the cable representatives.