|Capital Improvement Plan Proposals|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00|
City Council heard about a number of familiar capital improvement proposals during its annual five-year plan review Monday.
City Manager Jon Crusey told council it would not find a lot of change as department leaders walked through proposed five-year capital budgets.
Included in the capital planning are those items/purchases valued at more than $5,000 having a life span of one year or more.
Among the most noticeable changes would be higher project/purchase cost estimates to reflect prices going up, Crusey said.
Jon Green, city finance director, said despite an increase in income tax revenues the past couple of years, the capital improvement plan income tax estimates remain “conservative. A 4 percent increase in income tax revenue is projected in 2014 followed by 2-3 percent over the following few years.
While income is expected to grow, several funding sources and expenses are listed as unknowns, Green said. Among those are state local government funds, the cost of health insurance, workers’ compensation costs, fuel prices and wages.
Among capital projects proposed and/or discussed Monday were:
The need for new windows and a flat roof at the Old Municipal Building downtown, now home to Tipp Monroe Community Services. Capital improvement dollars likely will be needed for those projects because of the loss of Community Development Block Grant money once earmarked for the city, said Brad Vath, assistant city manager. The city now is included in the county grant program distribution, with money most years expected to go to other communities/projects.
Major electric fund projects in the plan include a fourth substation and alternate power feed from DP&, said Christy Butera, city utilities director.
Also proposed in the electric fund is an LED street light conversion project, with a proposed $50,000 a year in funding for those projects.
The fire department is looking to buy laptop computers for use in fire vehicles to access information on buildings and what’s inside.
Fire Chief Steve Kessler said money would be budgeted during the next five years to replace fire hoses, some which have been around 30 to 40 years. He said the department recently completed the required annual test of fire hose. Three miles of hose carried on trucks were tested, he said.
EMS Chief Mark Senseman said a third automatic chest compression machine would be proposed for purchase. The acquisition would mean a machine in each ambulance. The machines, at $14,000 each, have resulted in “more people being kept alive,” he said.
Police Chief Eric Burris said he would like to see the chief’s car, on the schedule of vehicle replacements, become more like a police car with lights and siren so he can help around town when needed.