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March 28, 2013

Council OKs budget changes

Mosquito control, emergency dirt removal additions necessitate amendments, official says

By BRIAN SMITH

A $60,000 amendment to the 2012-13 budget was approved by Weatherford City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Director of Management and Budget Chad Janicek said that because of council authorization of several projects and contracts in the last few months, the general fund budget needed amending to accommodate the changes, a common practice.

In the general fund, $25,000 was added for mosquito control and an additional $35,000 was designated for emergency dirt removal. Also coming out of the general fund in the short term was $307,000 for the storm water study, which is expected to be paid back later this year out of the recently created Storm Water Utility fund.

The council also approved City Manager Jerry Blaisdell entering into a lease agreement with Denitech-Xerox for multi-function devices (copiers/printer/fax/scan). The annual agreement is for $59,000 which will allow the city to have the latest equipment at a savings over buying each device individually.

Also approved were:

• The city’s annual audit for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Budget department officials received a perfect or clean audit report, the highest award given, from the firm of Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP.

• A resolution supporting House Bill 1798. Blaisdell said under the bill, all emergency service districts wanting to expand into a city’s extraterritorial jurisdictions, or ETJ, must ask permission first and be approved before doing so.

Blaisdell also presented city manager awards to Austin Nichols, David Secrest, Jeff Foster and Kevin Tucker. Nichols and Foster were recommended for the award by Director of Capital Transportation Projects Terry Hughes. Hughes said the pair were instrumental in the development of a package to make two systems withinthe coty’s new storm water utility package work together better.

“I was impressed with the diligence the two showed to develop the process to enable the one program to work with the billing process flawlessly,” Hughes said. “The two of them went above and beyond their normal work duties to ensure the programs were integrated.”

Foster and Tucker were nominated by Weatherford Police Department Lt. Chris Crawford. The pair provide information technology support at the department and have been called out day and night to work and keep the department going at all hours.

“We need to have the police department going 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the two men work to make sure any problems are addressed in a timely manner,” Blaisdell said.

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