August 13, 2007
Meeting called to order by Mayor Weimerskirch at 5:03 p.m.
Upon Roll Call: Mayor J.P. Weimerskirch, Councilmembers Dick Ledebuhr, Bruce Brinkman, and Charlie Andring were present. Councilmember Leon Bowman was absent.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Dan Matejka, City Administrator, reviewed the 14 page packet of information outlining the proposed 2008 revenue and expenditure budgets for both the General and Debt Service funds. He indicated he used an inflation factor of 3.5% for all salaries. The Mayor expressed his thoughts that this percentage might be a bit heavy in these economic times for the City. Councilmember Brinkman asked to see an analysis of the dollar difference of 1% and .5% less for salaries from the proposed 3.5%, and what impact those rates would have on the budget.
Discussion took place on possible hiring procedures the City might want to use to replace outgoing Police Chief Hauschildt. The Mayor indicated he doesn't believe an external search needs to be conducted; because of the fact the City has a very capable individual already on staff. He also expressed his beliefs it would be a waste of City money and time to do an external search. The Mayor also pointed out if the City chooses to do a full fledge external search, dollars should be included in the budget to conduct such an exhaustive process. Councilmember Brinkman disagreed it would be a waste of City resources, and that it provides an opportunity for the candidates he expects to see to show their worth. He also said that experience with the local community is certainly a huge benefit to any potential applicant. Councilmember Ledebuhr indicated he felt it was a little pre-mature to discuss the Chief's replacement at this time.
After discussion of each budget area, items the Council decided to delete from the budget included; $10,000 for completing the outside of the new Police Department, $18,500 to re-model and carpet the existing City Hall offices, $7,860 to replace the K-9 SUV, $8,000 to replace the one and only City car. The Central Office Capital Outlay budget was also reduced $4,250. The Council also directed the Fire Department to reduce their proposed budget by approximately $15,000 to a total budget of $100,000.
The Council directed the Police Department to analyze the total amount of part-time hours needed to see if any reduction could occur. At this time 4,100 hours are budgeted for 2008, which is the same amount as in the current 2007 budget. Director of Public Works Greg Volkart answered questions concerning the replacement of the one-ton truck for his department, and the desire to put concrete down on the floor of the cold storage building.
Mayor Weimerskirch did point out his desire for the City to start rebuilding its Unreserved Fund Balance in the General Fund, and he believes this can be done not only by specific re-building but also by holding the line on other desired expenditures.
The Council directed administration to come back to the next meeting on August 20, 2007, with the second draft of the budget incorporating the changes passed at this meeting.
Adjournment 6:55 p.m.