Norway Council OKs 2014-15 spending plan

NORWAY – Norway’s 2014-15 fiscal year budget was unanimously approved by members of the city council during their Monday meeting.

City Manager Ray Anderson said that the budget is up three percent from last year, but the operating millage of 16.3942 mills will remain the same.

The general fund budget is $2.7 million.

Of that amount, $754,543 will go to administrative, financial, and legal operations, $660,499 will go to the police department, $531,452 will go to the public works department, $301,433 will go to fund transfers, $160,852 will go to refuse collection, $145,144 will go to the recreation department, $135,968 will go to buildings and grounds, $57,710 will go to council and election expenses, and $9,250 will go to city band expenditures.

Approximately $5,000 will be left over.

Road work budgets include $355,402 for the major streets fund and $230,103 for the local streets fund.

Anderson pointed out that there are 10 other funds besides the three listed above that are covered in the budget.

Any citizen who wants to review a full copy of the budget may do so at city hall or the Norway library.

In other business, the council:

– Purchased the vacant lot on Main Street where Main Street Pizza used to be located. Anderson explained that the lot was on the annual foreclosed property sale list, and that municipalities have the right of first refusal when it comes to buying such property. The city will only have to pay the property’s back taxes, which amount to $1,076.40. Pursuant to the law, the property must be put to some type of public use.

– Accepted the bid of $195,700 from Utility Sales and Service for a new bucket truck for the electric department. The item is budgeted.

– Approved to pay up to $38,025 to Fahrner Asphalt Sealers for micro-surfacing work on Section Street and to pay up to $29,320 to Scott Construction for chip sealing work on Kimberly Road.

– Accepted the low bid of $28,750 from Energy Control and Design to perform the city hall HVAC control modification project, and agreed to pay Best Heating $20,580 for a new boiler.

– Approved Aercon Photogrammetric to develop electronic ground contour files of property near Oak Crest Golf Course that the city acquired last year for a price not to exceed $4,370. The files will be put into the city’s GIS map for use in planning water and sewer lines for potential residential development.

– Approved a special events application from St. Mary and St. Barbara Catholic Churches for the Corpus Christi procession on Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The procession will start at St. Mary Catholic Church on Main Street, proceed north on Main Street to Ninth Avenue, turn east on Ninth Avenue to Section Street, then turn north on Section Street to Railroad Avenue. Police will have to stop traffic at U.S. 2 and Main Street while the procession passes by.

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