Pella Chronicle

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May 14, 2014

Council approves budget amendment


-Expenditure increase of $17,080 for Aquatic Center slides and equipment. Routine maintenance is necessary to extend the life of this feature and also to keep the facility safe for Aquatic Center patrons. Estimated costs for this project came in over the anticipated budget, but are required to continue to maintain a safe and proper working order of the facility.

-Expenditure increase of $10,000 for repairs to the Pella Public Library. Settling of the floor in three areas of the library caused concern for the safety of employees and patrons. As a result, library staff sought engineer’s opinions and recommendations for repair. Shive-Hattery, with whom the City has a long history, recommended “mudjacking” of the areas to alleviate the settlement concerns.

-Expense decrease of $15,000 for the Huber Street storm sewer replacement.The Public Works Department, in an effort to alleviate unnecessary costs and utilize staff expertise, undertook the project in house which resulted in additional project related savings.

-Expenditure decrease of $33,870 for the Parks Department Mower Replacement. Due to the unanticipated failure of a Parks Department mower which was budgeted for FY 13-14, the mower purchase occurred in the FY 12-13 budget year. The timing of the purchase lowered the remaining expense for the FY 13-14 Parks Department equipment.

-Expenditure decrease of $35,000 for the Morningside/Union Outfall. The Morningside/Union storm sewer outfall was completed with direct labor and clean broken concrete. Additional costs associated with assistance by a private excavating company were paid for utilizing standard operating funds, although associated expenses were minimal.

-Expenditure decrease of $60,000 for wayfinding signage. During the FY 14-15 budget discussion, staff proposed to solicit donations for community entrance signage. In the event that solicitation does not result in donations sufficient to purchase the signage, additional funds may be requested in future years.

-Revenue increase of $2,500,000 for the 2014 Electric Revenue Bonds. Revenue bonds were issued in the amount of $3,500,000 to cover the cost associated with the power plant decommissioning.

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