Marc Mortensen led the pledge of allegiance, Mayor McArthur offered the invocation.
Discussion concerning 2005 ? 2006 fiscal budget
Finance Director Peterson presented his budget to the council.
There was a general discussion concerning the Finance Department budget. Staffing needs and the computer software upgrade were discussed. The new software package will reduce some of the manual tasks being done now. The use of credit cards to pay utility bills via phone or internet was discussed. The amount of bad debt was discussed.
Administrative Director Vincent presented his budget to the council. He explained the department has been divided into two divisions, administrative and technology services. The requested new positions were discussed.
Jim Cook, Technology Services Manager, presented the budget for the technology services division and provided an overview of the progress that has been made since he started working for the City. He discussed the steering committee that was formed to assure all the departments within the City are represented. He discussed the network back bone he is planning to install and the costs associated with the system. He reviewed a few of the projects he is working on including the new email server and new server for the City as well as upgrading the Novell server software. He is implementing new monitoring and back ups methods.
Fire Chief Stoker presented his budget to the council. He reviewed the new positions requested. He reviewed the increases in the operating budget. He discussed proposed locations for future fire stations. Sun River and the Ledges area are possible locations for future stations. He discussed the proposed remodel of Station One in the next year.
City Manager Esplin: discussed grant funds that may be possible to help to increase the number of full time fire fighters. The grant may pay a portion of the salary for a specific time. The City will eventually be responsible for their entire salaries.
Council Member Orton made a motion to adjourn the meeting.