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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Council to continue budget review

  • Tonight, the Neosho City Council will continue their review of the city's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 in a council work session.
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  • Tonight, the Neosho City Council will continue their review of the city's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 in a council work session.
    The session is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Neosho City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.
    The regularly scheduled council meeting is set to follow the work session at 7 p.m., also at council chambers.
    Council members made it about halfway through the proposed 80-page budget in their first work session, held Tuesday, July 30, and are expected to pick up on the proposed street sales tax budget in this evening's work session.
    The public is welcome to attend the work session, though public participation is not included in the session.
    This will be the second of five scheduled budget work sessions before council is expected to vote on the budget in September.
    The city is required to have a budget in place by the start of their fiscal year, Oct. 1.
    When they pick up in their regularly scheduled council meeting, councilmen are expected to consider approval of a $6,500 federal grant to fund extra law enforcement details, intended to crack down on impaired drivers.
    The Neosho Police Department applied for the Highway Safety Grant in March of this year.
    With council approval, the department would also be awarded two portable breath-testing units as part of the grant.
    The federal grant is administered through the Missouri Department of Transportation.
    According to information in the city council packet, the grant requires no matching funds and will pay for overtime costs and small equipment associated with the extra enforcement.
    The Neosho Police Department also obtained the grant in August 2012, which was at that time worth $5,000.
    According to the proposed contract, the grant period would begin in October 2013, when the city's new fiscal year begins, and runs through Sept. 30, 2014.
    Based on the department's grant application, Neosho police identified about 98 driving while intoxicated violations in a one-year period prior to the application, while city police also responded to 29 alcohol-related traffic crashes in that time period.
    Of those 29 alcohol-related traffic crashes reported, three resulted in serious injury, while one resulted in a fatality.
    In other business:
    • Council members will consider several budget adjustments. The council will vote on final reading on adjustments to the Neosho Police Department, street, drainage and fleet, water plant and wastewater, and water distribution and maintenance budgets. The adjustments only move funds around and are not added expenses. Also on final reading, council members will consider $13,863 in budget amendments to
    cover the city's increasing telephone bill.
    • The council will also consider new budget adjustments, including amendments to the recycling, development services, senior center and airport budgets. Though the departments are each within their overall budgets, several line items have exceeded their budgeted amounts, and the $3,631.29 budget adjustment will come from the city's general fund.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Council members will consider an agreement between the city and the Neosho R-5 School District agreeing to payment and terms for the position of school resource officer, which is filled by a Neosho Police Officer. The school district agrees to pay a total of nine months of salary and benefits for the officer.
    • Council members are also expected to consider several bids, including one from U.S. Bank, for financing of the Neosho Fire Department's new fire truck.
    The department has recommended the city pursue a five-year annual payment option with U.S. Bank with a 1.83 percent rate and an annual payment of $72,939.17. The new truck will replace a 1979 model and is expected to be ready by October.

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