By ALICIA LEONARD
In the last public budget meeting the City of DeFuniak Springs finalizes the 2008-2009 budget at $25,872,880 with the millage rate set at 4.5, a lower rate than the the rollback rate by 1.83 percent.
After a short recess, the Council moved onto their regularly scheduled meeting. In the first order of business, Mayor Harold Carpenter re-appointed Donald Truitt to the DeFuniak Spring Housing Authority.
Wal-Mart received approval for 25 temporary storage units to be placed on their property between the dates of September 2008 and mid January 2009.
The DeFuniak Springs Women’s Club received unanimous approval to block off Circle Drive for Halloween trick or treating and for the annual Christmas Parade. The Council also unanimously approved to waive the fee for the sound system for a benefit to support Allen Rescue Foundation (ARF). The non-profit foundation will hold an auction and yard sale at the Lakeyard amphitheater on October 4 to benefit the adult dog sanctuary.
Public Works Director Bill Holloway received unanimous approval on two requests for new equipment. The first request was for an advance fuel control system. The electronic pump control will allow the city to keep a better tab on millage and gas used by employees. The old control is a key system, but employees write down their use on a log kept in vehicles. Holloway said the new device will keep up with all aspects of fuel management and employee usage automatically and will assist with the budgeting process for departments in the future. The purchase was bid at $8,130.
The second purchase approved was for a trailer-mounted sewer cleaner with a television inspection system. Holloway said the system will replace the city’s old sewer jetter that is constantly under repair. As the Public Works Department uses the new device, it will record the images and help troubleshoot sewer and water issues through out the city lines. The images will be mapped by being transferred onto discs and stored for future reference. The purchase was budgeted and came in at $80,629. Holloway said this was considered a good price since they had requested a price from another company to provide the service without purchasing equipment and received an $11,000 quote to map one street.
Capt. Mark Weeks and Lt. Bill Chapman of the DeFuniak Springs Police Depart sought and received unanimous approval for the purchase of four Powerheart cardiac defibrillators. The purchase was available form leftover funds from this year’s budget, according to Weeks. Three of the devices to assist with cardiac emergencies will be placed in each shift supervisor’s cars and one will be kept at the dispatch center. Weeks said the ultimate goal will be to have one in every patrol car. Chapman requested approval for a bid to replace a patrol car that was totaled in a wreck a few months back. The Council unanimously approved the purchase price of $17,906 for the replacement.
The Council then approved for Mayor Harold Carpenter to be given a credit card for travel on official business. They also approved unanimously the renewal of the city’s property, liability and workers compensation insurance. The renewal rate was $12,570 less than last year’s renewal price.
The next scheduled meeting of the Council is set for Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.