The City Council
Budget Ways and Means Committee met Monday
evening in a regular session. The committee began
by reviewing the status of the Fiscal Year 2009
budget. City Administrator Tom Short said that
with the cuts made at the previous meeting, the
budget showed an ending balance of $467,000 in
the General Fund.
approved a motion to appropriate the funding
necessary for the implementation of the recent
City salary study recommendations, along with a
2% cost of living adjustment. The changes left
approximately $300,000 remaining in the balance.
The committee also
agreed to appropriate funding for the lease of
the driving range near the Municipal Golf Course,
and funding for the purchase of a token-operated
ball dispenser. Parks Director Alan Bull was
present at the meeting to discuss the driving
range with the committee.
Bull gave a short
recap of the events leading to the availability
of the range, saying that the owner had retired
and wanted the range to still be operational.
Bull said that it was the owners eventual intent
to sell the property but that leasing was an
option currently. The lease price is $4,000 per
year, and includes use of the range, a building
on the property, equipment, baskets and register.
Bull said he felt it was a necessary addition to
the golf course.
something that every golf course needs,"
ball dispenser would allow for the range to
operate practically without any supplemental
labor, Bull added. Bull said the lowest price he
found for dispensers was roughly $4,000.
Bull added that
the owner had provided income documents, and
like it would actually turn a profit," said
agreed unanimously to allow an appropriation for
the purchase of the ball dispenser and for the
lease. Funding is to be appropriated out of this
Fiscal years budget.
on Recent Severe Weather.
Sen. Gary Nodler,
R-Joplin, today commented on the situation in
Southwest Missouri after severe storms and
tornadoes hit the area on Saturday evening and
Sunday morning. Jasper and Newton counties have
been included as some of the hardest hit areas,
and the National Weather Service has confirmed
that a tornado did touch down in Newton County.
State agencies have been sent to the area to set
up shelters, help clear debris, and help with
recovery efforts. The State Emergency Management
Agency has confirmed 15 Missouri deaths, 13 of
which were in Newton County.
devastating weather has caused severe damage in
our community, and has taken the lives of 15
Missourians. My thoughts and prayers are with the
families that are mourning the loss of their
loved ones today. As a lifelong resident of
Southwest Missouri, I know that our community is
strong and we will band together to support each
other during these hard times.
priority in this sort of urgent situation is to
secure the safety of residents and families in
the area - a task that local law enforcement, the
Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Missouri
National Guard have been focused on. As recovery
efforts continue, I will stay committed to making
sure that those affected by these severe storms
have access to state assistance."
- State Senator