DRAFT – These minutes are not official until approved at the next special Budget Committee meeting.
City of Bigfork
Budget Committee Special Meeting April 7, 2010 4:30 p.m. City Council Chambers
Voting Members Present: Roger Logdahl, Howard McKinney, Bob Zimmer and City Clerk/Treasurer Mike McKinney Voting Members Absent: None Non-Voting Members Present: Public Works Superintendent Chuck Almhjeld and Police Chief Jon Babcock Non-Voting Members Absent: None Also Present: None
Logdahl called the Budget Committee meeting to order at 4:35 p.m.
2010 and/or 2011 Budget Review
Discussion focused on expected cuts in Local Government Aid and the Market Value Homestead Credit as well as the impacts of those cuts on the City’s budget. City Clerk/Treasurer McKinney noted that Governor signed a proposal approved by the State House and Senate that would cut the City’s Market Value Homestead Credit aid by $7,864, from $9,908 to $2,044, while the City’s Local Government Aid would not suffer any cuts.
Approval of March 4, 2010 Special Budget Committee Meeting Minutes
Motion by Zimmer, second by Howard McKinney, to approve the minutes of the March 4, 2010 special Budget Committee meeting, motion carried unanimously (MCU).
The Committee discussed a recent decision by Minnesota Power to replace all light fixtures not located along Main Avenue and Highway 38 that currently use mercury vapor bulbs with new fixtures that use sodium vapor bulbs. City Clerk/Treasurer McKinney added that the City could either maintain ownership of the streetlights and pay $100.00 to replace the existing mercury vapor fixtures or sell all streetlights back to Minnesota Power for $96.62 per light, passing the expense of replacing each light fixture to Minnesota Power. He noted that the City would continue to pay for electricity and maintenance on the lights regardless of which option was chosen.
Motion by Zimmer, second by Howard McKinney, to forward a recommendation to the City Council to move ahead with selling all City-owned streetlights to Minnesota Power, MCU.
Babcock informed the Committee that the City of Effie also had interest in contracting police services from Bigfork, which could provide additional revenue for the City. Adjournment
Motion by Zimmer, second by Howard McKinney, to adjourn, MCU. The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Michael McKinney City Clerk/Treasurer