Spencer, IA (KICD)--Department heads, city staff, and council members met Monday evening to go over Capital Improvement Projects.
City Manager Bob Fagen tells KICD News that the majority of funding for all capital improvements comes through the city's local option sales tax collections.
A number of key projects are in line for the 2013-2014 budget year including $41,000 for tuckpointing at City Hall, $4,000 for a city website upgrade, and $12,000 to convert to paperless city council meetings; $380,000 to replace a 1987 Pumper Truck and $35,000 to replace a Chevy Tahoe for the Fire Department; $117,000 towards improvements at the North School Park and $120,000 towards sidewalk replacement at Westview Park; $50,000 towards the purchase of a pair of Police vehicles, $200,000 towards the Police Department's upcoming move to the SMU building, and $45,000 towards in car camera upgrades; $266,000 for the taxiway C lighting project at the airport with the city paying 10 percent of that figure; $550,000 towards landfill cell development; $500,000 for a new solid waste truck and containers; and a number of street projects including $270,000 for an overlay on East 18th Street and $105,000 for an East 8th Street overlay.
Fagen says that even with all of these and more projects on the docket, the city also builds up a healthy reserve for each of the departments.
Fagen says this was the first year for the department heads to present capital improvement projects ahead of their operational needs in the budgeting process.