This is the summary of the July 25 Canton City Council meeting / Budget Workshop:
~ Decided to stop pursuing the acquisition of the “Groves” property.
~ Discussed the use and value of the “old city hall” property at 290 E Tyler. The decision to list / sell this property will be on the 8-1-17 meeting agenda.
Topics discussed during the Budget Workshop:
~ Will pursue a $100k expenditure for TV ads in the DFW market to promote 1st Monday, especially during the slower traffic months.
~ Any money left over from the Sides Circle / Goshen St. project will go into another street TBD at that time.
~ The city’s portion of Wynne Rd. will be addressed and fixed ASAP.
~ There was a long discussion on investing in solar panels for the city-owned First Monday buildings, as well as surveillance cameras at First Monday. More info will be provided in the 8-1 meeting.
~ Other notable projects being discussed: pouring a slab / installing flagstone, then installing tables in the downtown “pocket park” to make it easier and more attractive to use, resurfacing the basketball courts on Old Kaufman Park Road, creating incentives and seeking developers for more, new residential housing inside the city limits; large fans for the city owned pavilions at First Monday.
~ Sewer rates are proposed to increase $4.45 / month. Trash rates will increase .55 / month. Both increases are based on each department’s needs to get back to a break-even profit level.
If you want a full list of pending Capital Projects and the Council’s budget objectives, or if you have project suggestions, let me know……now is the time to get these discussed and funded.
The next meeting is August 1st at 5:00 p.m. at new City Hall.
In addition to a budget workshop, we will discuss the Saline Creek lake study. This will be the forum to ask questions about the project and the study we just had done on the topography and hydrology of the area.
These are open to the public and these meetings are where projects, tax rates, water/sewer rates, and the overall budget for 2017-18 will be finalized.
Mayor Pro Tem
Canton City Council