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Additions to Grandview budget discussed

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members briefly re-visited the 2007 budget at their meeting held this past Monday night.

City Treasurer John Myers said that he anticipates having the budget ready for approval at the Dec. 18 council meeting.

Over the course of deliberations among council members at past meetings, several departmental requests had been denied.

But last night, a few were eyed to factor back in under the category of capital improvements.

"I'd really like to see the carpet re-done at the library," said council woman Helen Darr.

Early estimates factored that cost to be at about $30,000 and last year, $10,000 was set aside to go toward the carpeting. After receiving another estimate this year, Library Board Member Jack Mariotti estimates the actual monies needed to complete the project to be $4,000.

Also discussed was the need for a corrections van for the police department.

Council member Pam Horner said that if the municipal court is moved to the location of the district court, it will enhance the need for the van. Mayor Norm Childress asked Myers if this could be categorized under capital improvements. Myers said that it could, because it's equipment.

A new air conditioning unit at the museum is also being considered under capital improvements. Initially, two new air conditioning units were requested.

Horner said that she would like to see $2,000 to be spent on community picnics factored back in. She said she feels that the picnics build up the community. "And we need police to be available in a non-threatening environment like that. I think that $2,000 was money well spent," she said. "For many people, it's the only contact they have with the city."

The capital improvement projects can't be factored in until the city's comprehensive plan is updated and adopted, said Myers. According to state statute, to spend funds from that category, it has to be included in the city's comprehensive plan. To factor in those projects prior to approving the comprehensive plan would be "putting the cart before the horse."

But Childress did say that it's the intent of council to approve those projects.

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