Council begins 2016 budget process


By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com



HUBER HEIGHTS — At its Sept. 28 regular session, the Huber Heights City Council heard the first reading related to the city budget for 2016.

Finance Director Jim Bell indicated that last year, Council expressed a desire to have the budget process begin much earlier than the process for the 2015 budget. He said he met with the department heads previously and that in the last several Administrative Committee meetings, spent over four hours going over details of the 2016 budget.

In response to a question related to the number of hours invested in the budget by city staff by City Attorney Alan Schaeffer, Bell said the budget has been the budget has been the primary focus for the past three months.

The total proposed estimated budget for 2016 is $77.9 million. Bell said there is still over an estimated $3 million in reserves for the General Fund anticipated for the end of 2015.

In response to a question from Mayor Thomas McMasters, Assistant City Manager Don Jones talked about some of the capital improvement expenditures planned for 2016. These included a zoning vehicle at $24,000, $4000 for chairs in Council chambers, finance upgrade for software at $35,000, IT equipment including another server at $48,200, court building roof at $60,000, City Hall roof at $60,000, City Hall HVAC at $60,000, Liebert System-a police cooling system for computers at $30,000, four police cars at $104,000, driveway and road repairs at Cloud Park at $150,000 and a play structure at $20,000. These items are in addition to the operating expenses of the city which are built into the budget.

Council approved a resolution of necessity for infrastructure improvements as well an an ordinance to proceed for Sections 3-2, 4-4 and 12-3 of the Carriage Trails development.

DEC has petitioned the city to provide infrastructure improvements to owned land in Section 3-2 and to assess the property for a portion of the costs of the improvement. DEC will develop 15 lots and the city will provide $3,000 per lot in assessments to be repaid by special assessments to the lots of $225 per year for 25 years.

DEC has petitioned the city to provide infrastructure improvements to owned land in Section 4-4 and to assess the property for a portion of the costs of the improvement. DEC will develop 22 lots and the city will provide $4,000 per lot in assessments to be repaid by special assessments to the lots of $300 per year for 25 years.

DEC has petitioned the city to provide infrastructure improvements to owned land in Section 12-3 and to assess the property for a portion of the costs of the improvement. DEC will develop 11 lots and the city will provide $6,000 per lot in assessments to be repaid by special assessments to the lots of $450 per year for 25 years.

Council heard the second reading of a resolution declaring three 2007 Chevrolet Impalas from the Police Division as no longer needed and authorized trading them in to a dealer towards the purchase of a new vehicle.

Council heard the second reading of consent legislation for The Ohio Department of Transportation’s plan to microsurface State Route 202 within the Huber Heights in Miami County involving 5.06 straight line miles of road. The project is scheduled for bid in fiscal year 2019 and ODOT would take care of the funding.

Council heard the second reading of consent legislation for ODOT’s plan to raise the structure, install new deck, convert to semi-integral abutments, paint the superstructure and seal the concrete surfaces on the Chambersburg Rd. bridge over Rt. 4. According to City Engineer Russ Bergman, the road would be raised about two feet and could be closed for several months in 2019.

Council heard the second reading of a resolution to approve the improvements for the Artisan Walk subdivision, Section One “A”. The following are the streets that are involved: Owens Lane, Crabtree Lane, Mikusa Lane, Ballauer Place, Bostelman Place, and Tellejohann Lane.

Council increased the not to exceed cost for GIS Services with Judy Holtvogt of GTGis Services by $10,000 for a new total of $30,000 to cover all additional expenses throughout the 2015 calendar year as needed.

Council modified and amended the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Fraternal Order Of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 for patrol officers. The parties agreed to a 2.25 percent increase and minor housekeeping in performance eligibility for that period.

Council heard the second reading of an agreement that modifies and amends the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Fraternal Order Of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 for both Sergeants and Records Technicians who have agreed to a 2.25 percent increase and an attendance incentive for that period.

Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12.

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By Greg Smart

gsmart@civitasmedia.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-684-8088 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-684-8088 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com