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Thomaston Council approves budget revisions

Purchase of boats, increase in legal services among changes

First Posted: 6:31 am - December 2nd, 2015 Updated: 9:53 am - December 2nd, 2015.

By Larry Stanford - lstanford@civitasmedia.com



Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times Ryan Tucker (right) was sworn into office during the November 17 Thomaston City Council meeting by City Attorney Joel Bentley (left). Tucker is filling the District 3 seat left vacant when J. D. Stallings resigned to run for mayor.
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$50,000 for boats for Lake Thomaston, and other funds including an increase of $40,000 for legal services and an increase of $20,000 for professional services were approved by the Thomaston City Council in a budget revision at their meeting on November 3.

City Manager Patrick Comiskey explained some of the budget revisions to the council, who had sheets showing all the revisions in front of them.

“Recognizing that part of our Uptown Downtown project spilled over into 2015, we have $1.3 million as a recognition of work and expected loan reimbursement,” Comiskey stated. “Also, we had performed a project over by Interfor to move a water line in order to allow the intersection expansion there. Those costs and reimbursements are identified also. We have also identified changes in our General Fund, basically decreasing and increasing in our total expenditures.

“One of the items is a reduction from the Lake Thomaston budget $25,000 for docks and $50,000 for boats and accessories for the Lake Thomaston project,” Comiskey continued. “Also, we had upwards of $50,000 for an additional CDBG project spillover from 2014 that we’re recognizing those expenditures in the offsetting revenues. Also we have our LMIG, which is our annual allocation that we receive from the state. We took two years of allocations to put towards our $1.5 million milling, road reclamation and paving project that we did this summer.”

Council member Patsy Perdue made a motion to approve the budget revision. Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head seconded the motion and it was approved, 4-0.

Following the meeting, The Thomaston Times submitted an Open Records Request to the city for the budget revision worksheet and received it. Following are the budget revision items not mentioned by the City Manager in the meeting that were also approved by the council:

• An increase of $5,000 in the City Clerk’s salary, raising it from $29,332 to $34,332.

• An increase of $20,000 in Professional Services from $50,000 to $70,000.

• An increase of $40,000 in Legal Services from $50,000 to $90,000.

• An increase of $15,000 in Courtware for City County from $15,000 to $30,000.

• An increase of $5,000 in the Upson County Jail Fund from $22,000 to $27,000.

• A decrease of $5,000 in the Streets Department for Contractual Services from $25,000 to $20,000.

• A decrease of $5,000 in the Streets Department for R&M Building and Grounds from $15,000 to 10,000.

• A decrease of $10,000 in the Streets Department for Sign Facings from $16,300 to $6,300.

• An increase of $20,000 in City Parks from $115,000 to $135,000.

• A decrease of $25,000 in Park Street Park from $250,000 to $225,000.

• A decrease of $100,000 in Lake Thomaston from $234,250 to $134,250.

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times Ryan Tucker (right) was sworn into office during the November 17 Thomaston City Council meeting by City Attorney Joel Bentley (left). Tucker is filling the District 3 seat left vacant when J. D. Stallings resigned to run for mayor.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Tucker-Sworn-In1.jpgLarry Stanford|The Thomaston Times Ryan Tucker (right) was sworn into office during the November 17 Thomaston City Council meeting by City Attorney Joel Bentley (left). Tucker is filling the District 3 seat left vacant when J. D. Stallings resigned to run for mayor.
Purchase of boats, increase in legal services among changes

By Larry Stanford

lstanford@civitasmedia.com

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