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Vienna nears completion of budget

From left, Vienna City Council member Roger Conley and City Attorney Russell Skogstad listen as Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp presents the proposed budget Thursday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

VIENNA — Vienna City Council members are nearing completion of the 2020-2021 budget.

The final version of the $9.721 million budget will be ready to submit to the state following the city council meeting on March 19.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and Finance Director Amy Roberts re-evaluated the budget since the Feb. 27 meeting and made further adjustments for the council to look over and discuss on Thursday.

Cuts made to the Capital Expenditure requests were:

From the Council Budget:

* Removing line 57, Capital Outlay Buildings, in the city council budget, which was a $60,000 increase requested for the purchasing of a property. According to Rapp, this item should be able to be financed by federal grants.

This leaves council’s budget at $100,000, which will be used to further Spencer’s Landing following the completion of remediation.

From the Building Inspection Budget:

* By financing the requested vehicle for three years, it reduces the budget by $20,832.80

This brings the building inspection budget to $11,167.20 for the down payment of the vehicle.

From the Data Processing Budget:

* Reduce $30,000 from line 59, Capital Outlay Equipment, by removing the requested van.

This brings the data processing budget to $47,175; $13,175 will be used for the website rebuild and $34,000 for the computer rotation.

From the Police Department Budget:

* By financing the requested two vehicles for three years, it reduces the budget by $68,114.20.

This brings the police department budget to $36,511.80 for the down payment of the vehicles.

From the Fire Department Budget:

* By financing the requested vehicle for three years, it reduces the budget by $22,783.

This brings the fire department budget to $49,217; $9,000 for the replacement of expired safety equipment, $12,217 for the down payment of the vehicle and $28,000 to replace the outdated fire alarm system.

From the Parks Department Budget:

* A $40,000 reduction can be made to line 57, Capital Outlay for Buildings, for the Parks Department budget if the city fixes the Spencer Park bathrooms this budget year and the BMX bathrooms next year.

* A $50,000 reduction can be made by purchasing one new playground piece instead of two.

* A $10,000 reduction can be made by removing the request to add concrete benches and/or tables to Lake Betsy area.

* A $124,800 reduction can be made to line 59, Capital Outlay Equipment, by removing the requests of a one-ton diesel truck to replace the one-ton diesel truck, a track skid steer with attachments – broom brush hog and one walk behind mower, which would have replaced the current one.

This brings the parks department budget to $110,000: $40,000 for the Spencer Park bathrooms, $15,00 to replace the Wesley Shelter, $35,000 for the one playground piece and $20,000 to finish the Neale-Cook Cemetery fencing project.

From the Recreation Budget:

* A $15,000 reduction can be made by removing the request for a new storage building for equipment.

This brings the recreation budget to $40,000 to resurface the tennis and basketball courts.

From the Streets Budget:

* A $468,312 reduction to line item 58, Capital Outlay Other. $200,000 of this would fund a draining issue that will be moved from the general funds and into the stormwater budget.

* Line item 59, Capital Outlay Equipment, can be reduced by $392,617, by financing one vehicle for three years, removing the other vehicle request and financing the vac truck for seven years.

This brings the streets budget to $659,071: $581,588 for paving, $13,959 for the down payment of a vehicle and $63,424 for the down payment for the Vac Truck.

The Street lights budget stayed the same at $6,000 for a conflict motor and controller.

This brings the total capital expenditure requests to $1,059,142.

Council had no comments or objections to this proposal.

At 6 p.m. on March 19, the city will hold an insurance meeting prior to council meeting to discuss what plan they will accept into the budget. The final budget hearing will be held following that meeting.

Other business conducted at the council meeting Thursday:

* A bid of $97,996 from SHI International Corporation was accepted by council for replacing all the servers and moving all the servers into a virtual backup vault. This would keep the city safer from cyber attacks, officials said, and get them back up and running if one occurred in hours instead of months. This money was already budgeted during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 budget years.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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