City Council Workshop

At a recent workshop, city council members continued to discuss the fiscal year 2014 budget.

Each department head presented their annual budget to the council, explaining ways they cut back and introducing new requests- including beginning preparations for the Route 59 diverging diamond interchange construction starting next summer, new public works vehicles, and adding four and a half civilian police jobs.

“We are dealing with a new reality,” said Police Chief Robert Marshall. “A reality that requires a new way of thinking, different ways of providing police services, and deploying our resources.”

The IT department also would like to add a new position, a network security engineer that would focus on security enhancements. The position is a result of the city’s website being hacked back in October.

Council members will continue their budget discussions in January and February. The final meeting is scheduled for March.

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