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Onalaska Council OKs FY 2010 budget
Polk County Enterprise - September 2009
BY LYNN BROWN
ONALASKA — Onalaska City Council held the final budget workshop and public hearing before approving the city’s budget during regular session Tuesday evening. The $768,513.00 budget was passed with a four to one vote. Council members and department heads held a series of budget workshops to arrive at the final budget. The fiscal year for the city begins October 2009 through September 2010. Copies of the city and departmental budgets are public information and are available on the city’s website or at City Hall. Council member Patsy Goins spoke during the public forum portion of the meeting reporting on a proposed two-to three-year road plan working with Precinct 2 Commissioner, Ronnie Vincent. Goins reported Phillips Road is one targeted area for road improvements with patching and widening efforts with an estimated cost of $15,000.
Police Chief Ron Gilbert reviewed the departmental report to council. OPD handled 141 calls in August. Gilbert reported 11 felony arrests and 23 misdemeanor arrests were made. Citations issued were 175 with 36 warning citations issued during the month. Gilbert reported OPD responded to seven Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department assistance calls, 23 Polk County Sheriff Office assistance calls and one DPS assistance call during August. Two other response calls included constable or neighboring county assistance calls. Officers logged almost 6,742 miles on patrol during the month of August. Gilbert reported 67 warrants were issued during the month with 79 warrants cleared.
Gilbert noted two reserve officers had deaths in their families accounting for the lower than usual numbers for the reserve officer report. Fire Chief Roy Newport presented the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department report for August. Newport reported the department responded to 61 calls for the month including 33 medical calls, seven structure calls, seven grass fire calls and four lake calls. In addition, two land calls and two motor vehicle accident calls were reported. Newport reported five assistance calls were made along with one mutual assistance aid call were responded to during August. Newport reported 21 calls were made within the city limits and 39 calls were made within the county.
OVFD logged 78 man-hours within the county and 89 manhours in the city limits for the month. Newport reported although medical calls account for over half of the response calls, the number of calls declined slightly for the month. Newport also presented the building permits and inspection summary to council members. The department included $696 in permit fees collected during August. Two additions or modifications were reported along with one electrical or plumbing permit issued. Permits issued during August added $65,000 in value to city tax rolls. Newport reported current improvement values for fiscal year 2009 is at $1,659,010 down slightly from 2008 with one month left in the fiscal year.
Newport announced National Night Out 2009 is scheduled Oct. 6 at the VFD building on Old Groveton Rd. A demonstration this year by OVFD will be focus on a chemical contamination situation. Neighbors are encouraged to join in the family event to share safety information and enjoy free hot dogs along with cobbler and ice cream. Council member Patsy Goins presented the August library report to council members. The reported included the library board meeting and a grant approved for $4,863 an increase of $1,100 from last year in grant funds. Goins reported Story Time at the library will be moved from 3:30 to 4 p.m. to accommodate the release of kids from school. An additional day will be added to Story Time later in Sept. and a letter will be sent home with elementary students through cooperation with OISD.
Goins reported 18 volunteer hours for the library during the month along with approximately $1,000 collected during the annual Labor Day fundraiser. Goins reported 17 borrowers were added during the month. In other agenda items, council members approved Mayor Lew Vail to sign the ballot for the 2009 TML Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool Board of Trustees to provide benefits and related services for city employees for the period October 2009 through Sept. 2010. During public announcements, handouts were available announcing the fall 2009 Cleanup Onalaska Day is Oct. 17.
The cleanup site will be behind the sub-courthouse for heavy trash and junk. Help will be available at the site to assist with unloading and getting items into dumpsters. Additional consent items approved by council members included payment of vouchers and acceptance of financial reports. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at City Hall.