City commissioners will consider CIP plan on Monday

BIG RAPIDS — A new fire truck, relocating a portion of the Riverwalk and repainting the interior and exterior of the Perry Avenue water tower are among request from city department heads for the 2014-15 Capital Improvement Program Prioritization Plan.

Big Rapids City Commissioners will consider accepting the CIP during their regular meeting on Monday, March 3.

The CIP recommendations are compiled by the planning commission and department heads. The plan consist of all the capital items the city plans on purchasing for the coming fiscal year, said City Manager Steve Sobers. The city’s fiscal year begins on July 1.

“The CIP is what the planning commission has put together after meeting with each department head on what they want, need and why,” Sobers said. “This report is then presented to city commissioners to accept.”

Not every item will be funded on the report, Sobers added.

“We take all that information and then when (Jon Locke, city treasurer) and the rest us of start to put together the budget and if there is a a decent amount of money it may all get funded,” Sobers said. “However, that is not always the case. Generally there is some fall out somewhere.”

During the budgeting process the city needs to fit what the CIP is to the anticipated revenues in the 2014-15 budget.

City commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at city hall.

Also on the agenda, commissioners will consider extending the winter parking ordinance on city streets between 2 and 6 a.m.

The winter parking rules normally end on March 1, but because of the larger snowfall this year commissioners are concerned about keeping the streets cleared.

“I don’t think want anyone wants to park on the narrow streets with all this snow,” Sobers said. “There will be discussion on how to do it. Realistically, we do get snow in March just not as much as this year and we have a lot of snow piles around.”

Also on the agenda for Monday is:

  • Budget adjustment for health insurance.
  • Budget adjustments for various funds.
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Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at lallen@pioneergroup.com.

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