City adopts $6.3 million budget

By BY MARY GARRISON MINYARD mgarrison@cadizrecord.com

Cadiz City Council on Tuesday adopted a $6.3 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year beginning on July 1 with no discussion.

Councilmen unanimously approved the budget, which accounts for $3.4 million in general fund revenues and about as many appropriations for the year. General fund expenditures include $1.8 million for general government operations; $726,000 Cadiz Police Department operation allotment; $35,450 in fire department expenses; $571,100 in street department funds; and $295,000 allotted to sanitation services.

The budget accounts for municipal aid revenues of about $54,070 and appropriations of about $90,000, according to the budget report. Water fund revenues and expenditures were anticipated to balance out at $2,813,462.

In addition to approving the 2018 fiscal year budget, council members gave the green light to Public Works Director Kerry Fowler to begin the bidding process for a new fire truck. Fowler said he's been working with representatives of Pierce Fire Trucks to come up with specs on a truck to meet the city's needs, and estimates a new vehicle could come with a $264,000 price tag.

"The one that we have looked at for the past two or three months â ¦ that is nothing fancy, that is a standard -- what they call a stock -- fire truck. It's not a custom fire truck," Fowler said. "If you get a custom firetruck you're talking about adding $100,000 to that. We don't need a custom fire truck."

The city's newest fire truck in the fleet is a 1994 model vehicle. Councilman and firefighter Bob Noel said the most recent year model truck in the fleet before that was a 1974 model.

Councilwoman Susan Bryant said she felt it was time to address the issue before it became a problem.

"It's not going to get done unless we just do it," Bryant said. "I hate to have to pay something like that, but â ¦ we talked about it years ago. We talked about starting a fund, that didn't happen. And bottom line you don't feel the need â ¦ unless you need it, then you really feel the shortness of what we have â ¦ I think it's time to bite the bullet."

The city could have a new truck in place by August. First payment on the truck would not be due for one year, and according to Pierce representatives no penalty would be incurred for early payoff.

Fowler also addressed a lift station malfunction at the end of March which caused ongoing raw sewage overflow near Shelby Street and prompted a Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection investigation into the matter. Fowler said while the station had not overflowed since the incident, it was a temporary fix.

"We are working on it, working with our engineers to come up with a plan to hopefully prevent it from happening again," he said. "We do have some repairs scheduled â ¦ they're having to build the parts to fit, as I understand that's pretty much normal for an older lift station. The parts wear out and they have to build them to fit back."