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Hillview able to balance 2014-15 budget

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By Stephen Thomas

HILLVIEW - Despite future administration pay raises and looming legal action, the Hillview City Council was able to prepare its upcoming fiscal year budget.

City attorney Mark Edison presented first readings of two city budget ordinances, the first being the 2013-14 fiscal year budget amendment ordinance.

Major changes included an additional $46,000 carryover from the 2012-13 budget, $39,000 in additional revenues and more than $300,00 in total appropriations.

A balance of $413,000 would be carried over to the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

The city received $264,000 in insurance premium tax, more than $100,000 than originally budgeted.

Grant funding of $60,000 for a city skate park was removed from the budget. Recreation Department director Terry Bohannon said that money was moved forward to the new budget, with work on the park slated to begin in July.

The first reading of the 2014-15 fiscal year budget, beginning July 1, was also presented, with almsot $2.8 million estimated in total revenues, the largest portion being $1.36 million in occupational taxes.

$2.25 million in total appropriations included $1.26 million for the Hillview Police, $550,000 for administration and $386,000 for Public Works.

The recreation department will receive $200,000, with another $132,000 budgeted for the city's wastewater treatment facility.

A second reading and approval vote on both budget ordinances will take place at the next city meeting.

In other business:

- Edison presented a resolution pertaining to compliance of state-mandated retro reflectivity standards in regards to street signs.

The resolution calls for all city signs to be under proper regulations by 2018. Stop signs and stop sign posts must be in compliance by 2015, with proper reflectivity and height.

Edison said the city must choose how they will upgrade the signs, looking at purchases and scheduling upgrades. He said the state also suggested the potential elimination of extra signs such as speed limit signs.

Public Works director Jim Bohannon said the city would look at new signs based on the federal standards and guidelines.

Eadens criticized state government for issuing another mandate without supplying funding to cities to comply with it.

The council questioned some of the resolution's procedural requirements for nighttime inspections used to determine minimum reflectivity levels.

The requirements included using an inspector aged 60 years or older, driving a sport utility vehicle or pick-up truck that was a 2000 model year or newer.

The council approved the resolution by a 4-1 vote, with council member Mickey Cheatham in opposition. Council member Karen Johnson was absent.

In other business:

- Craig Brown, representing Bullitt Investments, LLC, purchased all 55 of the city's 2013 delinquent real property tax bills totalling $10,245.44.

The company will receive one per cent interest per month until payments are made in full. If any taxes are not paid within 10 years foreclosure proceedings may take place.

- Hillview Emergency Response Team member Harold Trent received a Life Rescue Award for his role during a recent house fire on Hillview Blvd.

HERT director Kenny Bennett said Trent broke through a door and was able to pull out the house's occupants, likely saving at least one life.

Eadens presented Trent with an official city plaque to recognize his efforts.

- Police chief Glenn Caple two police cars were being painted and prepared for city use. Five new rifles were purchased for use in city vehicles.

Caple said he and Sgt. Darren Vires attended a Law Enforcement Tactical Trauma Care training, showing law enforcement officials how to handle and control dangerously traumatic situations.

"It's like battlefield first-aid," Caple said. "It can be used in the event of a post-active shooter situation. It helps us save a life in the first five minutes and prepare (patients) for EMS."

- The Zoneton Trowel Club presented strategies and infomration in regards to the annual City Fair, scheduled for June 12-14 at the Government Center.

- The city's Relay for Life team collected $1,500 for donation to the American Cancer Society.

- City dumpsters will be available Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Free Bluegrass concerts continue every Thursday night, 6 p.m., at the Government Center. Concessions are available including fish sandwiches.

- The next Hillview City Council meeting takes places Monday, June 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Government Center. The public is invited.