Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Clay council approves $1.78 million budget for next fiscal year

J-E News Editor
During it’s monthly meeting, members of the Clay City Council addressed the issue of properties that were in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance. In all there were 20 properties named that needed to be mowed or repaired.

“Some of them we’re going to have to spray,” said mayor Rick Householder. He went on to instruct city employees to begin spraying vacant properties with weed killer immediately.
Those properties that are currently inhabited will be receiving a letter from the city attorney notifying them that they are in violation of the nuisance ordinance.
In other business, councilman Paul Cowan informed the council that the last entrance to the cemetery on Lisman Street was in very bad condition.
“I think the county put a tile in several years ago and the road has started to settle,” said councilman Todd Vanover. “Years ago the county paved that road when they paved the cemetery because it was gravel.”
City Clerk Julie Rhye informed the council of the results of a recent surplus auction they had held. The auction generated a total of $6,702. Those funds will be split between the fire department fund ($1,401) and the street fund ($5,301).
At Monday night’s meeting council members heard the first reading of the 2014-2015 budget ordinance. The city of Clay will look to operate on a $1,783,806 balanced budget in the upcoming fiscal year.
The largest chunk of those monies come from the gas fund. Clay estimates the gas funds earnings/expenses to be around $432,276 in the upcoming year.
There will be a public hearing at the city offices on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. for residents who wish to make suggestions for the use of LGEA and municipal road money in the upcoming year.