Woodstock to discuss $33.8M budget
by Michelle Babcock
June 09, 2013 12:00 AM | 1807 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The public will have a chance to speak about the city’s proposed $33.8 million budget at the Woodstock City Council meeting Monday night.

The mayor and city council will have a public hearing on the city’s annual operating budget for fiscal 2014 and hear a staff proposal to update the Downtown Woodstock Urban Development Plan at the regular meeting.

The proposed budget was completed by City Manager Jeffrey Moon and Chief Financial Officer Robert Porche on June 6, and the council will hear a first reading of the $33.8 million budget during the meeting at 7 p.m. at The Chambers at City Center.

The proposed operating budget for fiscal 2013 was $30.7 million. Porche said the $3 million increase is a result of the city’s projected tax digest increase.

Downtown plan

The council adopted the Urban Redevelopment Plan for downtown Woodstock in 2009, and at Monday’s meeting, Community Development Director Jessica Guinn will propose an update to the plan. If updated, the change would expand the urban redevelopment area to include a much larger amount of space.

At the meeting, staff will provide an overview of the proposed update and show the expanded urban development boundaries. A public hearing about the update will be at the June 17 meeting.

Other agenda items include:

• Mayor Donnie Henriques will proclaim June 14 as U.S. Army Day; as June 15 Destroyer Escort Day; U.S. Flag Day and as June 20 National Flag Week and American Eagle Day.

• Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss will present a public safety update on the intersection of Highway 92 and Molly Lane.

• Community Development Director Jessica Guinn will address a request to close Highway 92 for the Jack-O-Lantern 5K Jog.

• Director of Parks and Recreation Preston Pooser will address a bid award and contract approval for Woodstock park restroom construction.

• The mayor and council will consider a resolution that calls for the Municipal General Election to be Nov. 5, presented by City Clerk Rhonda Pezzello.

• The mayor and council will consider adopting a Parks and Recreation Policies and Procedures Manual, as presented by Pooser.

• The mayor and council will consider an alcohol license for Barrel and Barley LLC, presented by Guinn.

The mayor and council will then go into private session to discuss personnel, litigation and real estate, according to the agenda.
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