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12/15/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Candlelight renovation adds cost on county budget amendment

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. on a proposed budget amendment for fiscal year 2013 that reflects additional costs for the building maintenance department, general assistance programs and board of supervisors.

A final version of the proposed amendment was not yet available, but budget director Jeannine Clark Dec. 10 outlined the known increases in expenditures, and the supervisors approved a resolution setting the public hearing date and authorizing publication of the amendment proposal when it is complete.

The biggest increase comes in the building maintenance line item, which is going up $299,500 due to costs associated with the building renovation project at the former Candlelight building in DeWitt.

The facility is being renovated to serve as the county's government annex building in DeWitt. The satellite sheriff's office is scheduled to move into the renovated facility by the end of the year, and it eventually will replace the current annex building located at 329 E. 11th St.

According to Clark, the extra costs for the building renovation project are covered by $198,000 in expenses that were budgeted last year but never spent and approximately $100,000 in revenue generated by the sale of the sheriff's former property on the south end of DeWitt.

A generator replacement project at the law center will add another $109,506 in costs to the building maintenance budget, Clark said.

Personnel changes will add around $4,000 in wage and benefit costs to the general assistance office, and revisions to figures for substance abuse programs have yet to be determined, Clark stated.

The board of supervisors budget also will be amended due to unbudgeted personnel costs.

Clark said the budget is overspent by $23,394 in wages for a part-time receptionist position that has since been eliminated. The supervisors have $11,000 set aside for contract employee expenses that can cover a portion of the overage, leaving around $12,000 to find.

Human resources director Lynn Tibbetts said another supervisors line item is approximately $5,400 over budget.

Board chairman Brian Schmidt noted the expenses for the generator replacement will balance out with grant revenue received for the project.

Resident opposes road improvement

The supervisors were urged by Clinton resident Marty Ray to halt planned work to upgrade the gravel road at Bulger's Hollow to a hard-surface road.

Ray said many of his neighbors in Bulger's Hollow raised concerns after the road was surveyed and stakes laid out last week.

He voiced concerns about trees being cut down to allow sunlight to melt ice on the road and said a hard-surface actually will make it harder to navigate the road in snow and ice.

"It seems to me it's a special interest request one or two people want who have gotten somebody's ear, but 98 percent of the people down there are against it," Ray said.

Excavator purchase approved

Following discussion with county engineer Todd Kinney, the board authorized the secondary roads department to have a 10-year-old excavator repaired before it is used as a trade-in on the purchase of a new unit from Martin Equipment.

The repair will cost an additional $9,000 but will increase the trade value by $12,000.

The cost of the purchase agreement with Martin for a Hitachi model Z160 excavator comes to $107,522 after accounting for the trade-in value, a credit of $10,500 due to an existing equipment rental agreement with the dealer and interest costs.

The agreement allows the county to delay payment until the new fiscal year begins in July since there is only $24,000 remaining in the secondary roads equipment budget.

Other business

In other business, the supervisors:

•Approved a mobile home tax adjustment due to a home that has been moved to Scott County.

•Approved a mental health care provider agreement with Mediapolis Care Facility.


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