7 months, 1 week ago by Bob Gough
City Council listens in budget hearings; Spending plan must be passed by month's end
Several City of Quincy department heads offered up their budgets for scrutiny from the men and women who have to approve those spending plans before the end of the month.
The City held the first of two budget hearings Monday night before the regular City Council meeting.
Budgets that were discussed Monday night included Quincy Public Library, 911, City Treasurer, City Clerk, Engineering and Utilities, Quincy Regional Airport and Barge Dock/Maintenance.
Many department heads went through the hearing with minimal quesitons from aldermen. But Jeff Conte, the City's director of engineering and utilities, went over not only the budgets for engineering and utilities, but also touched on the City's $14 million five-year capital improvement plan.
Conte said he wanted to begin spending down some of the $7.5 million in reserves to begin some needed repairs to the water treatment plant. Alderman Mike Farha asked if the money wouldn't be better spent toward a new facility that would cost in the neighborhood of $70 million.
Conte said he figured sufficient upgradges could be done to the existing plant for $15-$20 million and the City needed to keep in mind that millions will need to be spent when it has to get into compliance with the EPA's stormwater runoff mandates.
There will be more hearings next week before the City Council meeting. Aldermen are expected to vote on the $33.1 million budget on April 28.
At the City Council meeting, aldermen approved a new five-year contract with Allied Waste for solid waste disposal, which includes taking the city's trash to the LaGrange, Missouri landfill. The contract is for $1.59 million.
Alderman also approved $40,000 for emergency street repairs on Front Street between Maine and Hampshire.