Thorsby council passes $2.25 million budget

Published 10:09 am Friday, October 11, 2013

Thorsby’s Town Council on Monday passed a $2.25 million budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 that was an increase of almost $500,000 over the previous year’s budget.

The budget anticipates the General Fund’s revenue increasing $492,682.27. The town also expects an increase in water revenue in the amount of $2,380.

Street and sidewalk (with a budgeted $454,070.96 increase in expenses) and fire ($22,071.24) were the only departments with significant budgeted increases in expenses.

The garbage, park and water/sewer departments were also budgeted for increased expenses.

Meanwhile, administration ($6,080.01), police ($8,000.33), and shop ($2,750) were budgeted for decreased revenues.

The council approved the budget unanimously.

Councilwoman Nicole Hilyer was absent from the meeting.

In other business, the council:

•Accepted the resignations of Hilyer and Walter Graham from the town’s planning commission. New councilman Glenn Littleton was already a member of the commission, so he will serve as the elected official on the commission, taking Hilyer’s place. David Newton was approved as a new member of the commission.

•Heard from Public Works Director Terry Jackson about recent water leaks, and about a beaver dam blocking discharge from the town’s sewer lagoon. The council voted to allow Jackson to have the dam cleared, with a maximum expense of $3,000.

•Discussed the Helen Jenkins Chapel roof, which leaks and needs to be replaced. Mayor Jean Nelson said she would ask the town’s attorney about a waiver of liability for workers who would help with the project.

•Approved sending a letter to the city of Jemison about Thorsby’s water rate, which will not change. The letter is required under an agreement between the two municipalities.