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home : news : news Friday, April 29, 2016

3/16/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Charlotte OKs budget, CAAC lease

By Andy Leheney
Correspondent

Approval of the 2013-14 budget and deciding a new direction for the Charlotte Area Activity Center (CAAC) were among the highlights of a busy March 5 meeting for the Charlotte City Council.

The council approved a budget of $521,503 in expected revenues and $525,677 in anticipated expenses for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The budget is expected to reduce the city's general fund from $380,155 to $375,981.

Council members also approved an amended budget for the current year with an increase in total revenues of $580,485 compared to revenues of $580,249 in the original budget, which increases the general fund from $379,919 to $380,155.

A public hearing on the budget was held prior to the council's vote, but no comments were received.

Council members also approved a lease agreement with Citizens for Charlotte (CFC), a newly organized, not-for-profit group. Under the agreement, CFC will pay a $420 rental fee for one year use of the CAAC and will manage the facility for the community.

The lease agreement requires council approval for activities held at the venue. The council also authorized CFC to organize and conduct the community's annual

Charlotte Days, scheduled Aug. 17- 18.

CFC was formed by a group of local residents following the unexpected closure of the activity center just prior to the opening of its annual haunted house, a major fundraiser for the CAAC. The closure occurred due to insurance issues now being addressed by council.

Other business

Following a public hearing, the council approved phase 2 of a project that will blend water from the community's old and new wells in order to reduce the radium content of the water to within acceptable limits. The contract for phase 2 was awarded to AJ Excavating Inc., which submitted the low bid of $149,810.

In a related issue, the council agreed to hire GM Engineering to locate property lines for the new pump house at a cost of $450-$850, depending upon the amount of work involved.

Council was advised by Dave Deke of Deke Insurance the city's annual insurance premium may increase by approximately $3,000 due to additional worker's compensation costs.

Six campsites were designated by the council for seasonal workers. Campsite rates were set at $17 per night and $95 per week.

The council authorized eight hours of training for Marty Jahn to receive water/wastewater plant operator certification. A motion also was approved for city clerk Laurie Ganzer to attend Clerk's Academy in July.

Rhonda Marlowe reported $9,000 of a $20,000 goal for new playground equipment has been raised to date.

The council was advised by its attorney to take a unique legal action in regard to a

parcel of property that has conflicting ownership records. Charlotte was advised to take a "quiet" title action regarding the property, which would maintain only the city has an interest in the property, which is located adjacent to the city park.

The Clinton County sheriff's office reported 66.18 hours of direct service to Charlotte Jan. 26-Feb. 25. Six calls were answered with one incident handled and one warning given.


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