Last Monday afternoon there was a Budget Planning session in city council chambers.
They faced a list of projects and expenditures that our town faces. If we had unlimited funds we’d do everything that needed to be done – but we don’t. We have limited funds and consequently we have to figure out which things are important enough to get funded and which can’t. By we I mean the city council and city staff.
Staff assembles a list of the projects that need doing. Each one is ‘scored’ in 3 areas of measurement. This system helps when prioritization is being done.
Staff has presented Council with a list of a few dozen projects. Some are new and others are carried forward from the previous year.
They are asking each member of Council to pick the 7 projects from these that they would really like to see completed in the coming year. So Staff should get 7 lists of 7 choices. This method gives staff a reading on Council’s desires and Staff can then advise council on how priorities have worked out so that Council can then pass a Budget.
This method has already been used here last year but some on council who had previous experience on council found the scheme new to them. You can see this explained in the link below on Decision Making.
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- Overview of Capital Plan
- Q – Silver Kettle Sidewalk
- Q – Library Roof and Basement
- Q – Where are we at with the Flood Plane Mapping?
- Q – What is the difference between Operating and Capital?
- Q – What is the 2.4 Million under dike reconstruction for?
- Q – Where are we in the spending of that money?
- Q – What is the difference between Renewable Energy Program and Solar Panels?
- Q – Regarding status of Carry Forward items not on this list such as the Airport?
- Q – InterFor property isolation?
- Q – What is entailed in the West Side Fire Protection?
- Decision Making – Council is asked to each identify, for staff, the 7 projects from the list that they would most like to see completed this year.
- Q – Are we beginning the year 8 and a half million in the hole?
- Comment on the lack of startegix planning sessions and information background on the prioritization of what got into this list and what did not
- The Potential Proect List
- Mandatory Projects
- Corporate Services and Information Technology
- Replace Security Panels
- Printers, Copiers, Servers and PCs replacement – 70K
- Library Roof Repair
- Emergency Services – Replace Command Vehicle 2 – 80K
- Outside Works
- Water and Wastewater
- Industrial Lift Station Rebuild – 300K
- City Park Pump Replacement – 90K
- Inflow and \infiltration Study – 50K
- Flood Alert Sewer Monitoring – 24K
- Inspecttion Chamber Installation – 10K
- Public Works – Downtown Storm Water Management Plan
- Construction Fencing – 15K
- Downtown Sidewalk Ramps 15K
- Bridge Repairs – 50K
- Electrical Transformers Emergency Stock – 50K
- Electrical System Upgrades Pole / Crossarm Changes – 50K
- Electrical – Recloser for Feeder 5 – 30K
- Electrical – Valley Heights Upgrade – 60K
- Electrical – Pole Changes Feeders 3 and 5
- Emergency Repair (annual Allotment) – 160K
- Sustainable Infrastructure Investment Plan (SIIP)
- Asset Management Plan
- SIIP funding 2019
- 2019 Capital Budget
- 2019 Capital Budget Summary
- Q – Are All these projects achievable? In 2019?
- So some of these you would be comoing to council for early budget approval?
- Referring a few items to the Feb 11 council meetings
- Councilor Moslin Expresses awkwardness at dealing with prioritization task without the benefit of strategic planning meetings beforehand.
- Councilor Zelinski asks for a map of what properties the city actually owns