Simpsonville’s budget is official

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By Steve Doyle

The Simpsonville city budget for 2010-11 is official.

The city commission approved unanimously Tuesday night the second reading of its new financial plan, which will take effect July 1.

The budget is $927,000, about 5 percent more than this fiscal year. Revenue totals $1.3 million, including a $400,000 carryover, which the city does not spend. That serves as an emergency fund.

The road fund portion of the budget should generate a slight carryover for the next year, and the sewer fund will break even on its $524,000 in revenue.

The budget will include a half year of recently approved pay increases for Mayor Steve Eden and the four commissioners. They go into effect Jan. 1.


Leggett & Platt bond

City Attorney Hite Hays confirmed for commissioners that municipal bonds that were let for Leggett & Platt in the 1970s had in fact been paid in full.

Because Leggett closed last year and its land in downtown Simpsonville is for sale, commissioners wanted to be certain that the $1 million-plus bonds had been paid. There was no record that could be located immediately.

“In case someone came in wanting to buy the property, they [commissioners] wanted to make sure that was cleared up,” City Administrator David Eaton said. “It should have been paid off in the ‘90s, but no one knew for sure.”


New sewer truck

Eaton asked the commission for approval to rid of a 7-year-old city vehicle that no longer is serviceable. The vehicle, a sewer truck, would be sold at surplus, and Public Works Director Brian Romine could start to look for a new one immediately.

“Could we get a truck that could become a backup snow plow,” Commissioner Cary Vowels asked.

Eaton reminded the commission that to fall within the state’s guidelines for not having to seek bids the truck would have to cost $20,000 or less or fall in the state’s buying program.

 “That would be more expensive, but that’s a great idea,” Eaton said. “We can ask Brian to look for a truck that has the right specs to be adapted for a snowplow in case we want to add that later.”

The commission unanimously approved the motion to do just that.


In other business:

§       Vowels told commissioners he had two names for the out-of-city slots on the newly expanded parks board. Those positions still have to be advertised before Vowels can present the names for approval.

§       City Treasurer Debbie Batliner said she had completed all the paperwork for the Kentucky League of Cities safety grant that the commission had approved.

§       Simpsonville Fall Festival will be the weekend of Sept. 11-12.