$57k in budget amendments approved
by James Phillips
Apr 06, 2013 | 1048 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In recent weeks, the Jasper City Council has approved several budget amendments. A list of those amendments were presented to council members earlier this week.

City Clerk Kathy Chambless told the council the changes in the budget she was presenting had aleady been approved. She was asking for final approval from the group before adjusting the city’s General Fund.

“Even though they are approved, I like to give you a list and present them before I actually amend the budgets,” she said.

General Fund ammendments included an elevator repair at Swann Gym, a lawsuit settlement and additional salary related to that settlement, funds for the street department to help with storm debris cleanup, retirement and payroll tax and a donation to the Walker County Child Advocacy Center. The total of the amendments added up to $57,708.

“I will reduce the fund balance now,” she said. “There could be a revenue source later that would allow us to amend again to put the funds back.”

The retirement and payroll tax change was $40, which impressed District 3 council member Gary Cowen. “When you have budget amendments that come to $40, that’s pretty close,” Cowen said. “I’m surprised that we don’t have cents on here.”

Chambless responded, “That’s the accountant in me.”

In other action from Tuesday’s meeting, the council:

•Recognized the “Paint the Town Purple” campaign by the American Cancer Society.

•Approved the use of the Walker County Courthouse square by the Greater Jasper Ministerial Association for the National Day of Prayer on May 2.

•Tabled a request concerning Take a Kid Fishing Day.

•Approved replacing a damaged exterior return box for the Jasper Public Library with an exterior book/audio-visual return box.

The change would allow patrons to return books as well as DVDs and CDs to the outside box.

•Declared a 2006 Forest River Travel Trailer at the Jasper Fire Department as unneeded surplus and authorized disposal by online auction on www.govdeals.com.

•Introduced an ordinance to rezone a 5-acre parcel of land located just north of the former Lowe’s location at the Jasper Square Shopping Center from B-2 (community service) to R-5 (multi-family dwelling) zoning district.

The purpose of the rezoning is to allow for the construction of apartments.

•Approved an engineering contract for the resurfacing of Walston Bridge Road.

•Introduced an engineering contract for the resurfacing of Old Birmingham Highway and 9th Avenue.