CITY COUNCIL: Road, Park projects announced

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By Linda Ireland

Hodgenville City Council had first reading of the annual budget ordinance May 14.

The budget includes $1.2 million in general fund revenues including $318,700 from occupational taxes, $273,750 in city taxes, $265,000 from insurance surtax and $36,925 miscellaneous.

The budget for July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 includes also $309,000 in carryover.

Expenditures for general funds include $495,200 for police, $631,293 for capital outlay, $56,882 for fire department and $20,000 for Park and Recreation debt.

The next reading of the ordinance will be June 11.

Municipal Road Fund hearing

The Council held a municipal road fund hearing before the regular meeting. Mayor Terry Cruse suggested areas that could use improvements, particularly West Main Street and Miami Court.

He said if funding is available after work is complete on city streets, it could be used to improve the front section of Red Hill Cemetery.

Creekfront Park

He’d also like to see additional paving placed on the walking trail at Creekfront Park to elevate it several inches. However, that project would not have to utilize the road fund.

Other improvements may include half-court basketball and playground equipment at Creekfront.

City in good financial shape

Since the City had an overage of funds last year, Cruse can see spending more on water and sewer this year and possibly purchasing another police car, replacing two pickup trucks and a side mower.

“We are in good financial shape,” said Cruse. “We’ve had a good year according to auditors and accountants. All accounts are in good shape and spending is in order.”

In other business:

•The Council approved an investment policy that was supposed to be renewed in 1994.

City Clerk MaDonna Hornback said the policy is a standard agreement by local governments on “how to invest city dollars.”

•Fire Chief Wally Sparks reported five runs: an air hose off a sprinkler at LaRue County High School; car fire; escort for Easter program; alarm going off in local business; and a wreck.