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Notes from City of Tomahawk Budget Discussion

31 Oct News

The city of Tomahawk Finance Committee held the second of three scheduled meetings to work on the 2013 city budget.

The meetings are discussion and preparation for a final budget which they hope to have presented for the November 13th meetings. At this meeting they focused on the library, culture and recreation and public works.

-As far as the Library, it didn’t really change from the initial preliminary budget which also had to go the county, who also approved it.

The culture and recreation section included several categories.

-The Summer Rec budget was down, as this past year they used a parks department summer hire to cover that duty. That employee was then able to do the Parks job as well.

-For the Kwahamot Recreation, it was mentioned that the lease of the boat motor could be moved to the newly created CDA. They discussed boat landing repairs using the newly created boat launch fees.

-The SARA Park budget is still awaiting the once per year lighting costs.

-The Senior Center Budget was hardly discussed and was virtually the same as last year.

-Mike Tolvstad discussed some various improvement projects that could be arising in the Parks segment including fencing, Bradley Park restrooms and a tunnel camera system.

The rest of the meeting was spent discussing the Public Works Budget. Highlights include a large drop-off in vacation pay due to a retirement. Increases could be coming due to older equipment repair and maintenance.

Tolvstad believes that the use of LED lighting is saving the city some money. They are also anticipating some energy savings due to the replacement of the roof and windows at the city garage.

The condition of the street sweeper was discussed during the street cleaning portion. Tolvstad said that when the time comes for a replacement, there is decent resale value for the old one. Snow and Ice removal budget is largely dependent on mother nature and difficult to predict.

A larger discussion emerged from a question regarding street projects and the potential for the remainder of 4th Street. The city has already used some money previously for engineering. That portion of the road was also noted by multiple members as in the worst condition in the city. Tolvstad if they were to consider the project, the council would likely have to act soon to get bids out so that the project could start in the spring.

In the “other” category, it was briefly mentioned that the city may look into their fees and fines schedule to see if they are in line with other communities. It was noted this wouldn’t affect law abiding citizens.