City Council wrapped up the nuts and bolts of the budget by adding a Librarian to assist in expanding hours at the Flower Library..Council also agreed to fix the fountains out front of the historic structure.
Lawmakers also cut a pick up truck from the Fire Department and appropriated one time stipends for two local food banks.
Council opted to pay for the Aviary project out of current year funds and on Monday will set the tax levy as I and other members have discussed the notion of tax relief.
Council will also discuss on Monday a simplification of water rates but pledged the reduction in tiers will be revenue neutral.
There are still a couple issues being worked on in a busy season...One is a proposed contract for baseball at the Fairgrounds, although I am recused from the process on that one so I don't know whats up. The other issue is the hiring of a City Clerk, which is proceeding as well, although the next discussion will not be till Monday.