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Council OKs budget adjustments, asphalt projects

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2013

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EVANSTON — The Evanston City Council approved some final adjustments to the budget year ending June 30, and gave its nod to a pair of asphalt projects, at the Purple Sage Golf Course and the Bear River Greenway.

City treasurer Kathy Defa told the council this year’s corrections to the budget, totaling an increase of $363,001, are fewer in number than in past years.

“I’m pleased to report that there aren’t many,” Defa said. “It’s been a good, clean, fun year, so we just need to take care of a few things.”

Defa said one item needing adjustment was the addition of a Daniels Fund grant for the Youth Opportunities Unlimited center which had to be managed through the city since the YOU! center lacked the financial background required by the grantors. Funds remaining from a CLG training grant, a carryover from the previous fiscal year, were also added. A small amount of additional effort on 11st Street to augment repair and replacement work on the street’s sidewalk also needed to be added to the budget, as did a technical assistance grant for the Main Street program.

Expenditures that exceeded the budget for the waste water fund and the water fund were also compensated for with transfers from the general fund.

“This is the cleanest budget amendment I’ve seen in years and years,” Evanston Mayor Joy Bell said.

Also approved were additional funds for projects undertaken by the Evanston Parks and Recreation Department and the Public Works Department’s waste water plant.

A contract with Ogden, Utah-based Advanced Paving and Construction for the asphalting of several pathways on the city-owned Purple Sage Golf Course was approved. The bid, totaling $70,707, was the lowest of three received.

“The project includes completing all the cart paths, primarily on the front nine,” parks director Dennis Poppinga told the panel. “All the paths on the back nine are already completed.”

Another contract for asphalt work, to repair damaged areas of asphalt on the pathways along the Bear River Greenway, was approved, as well. The contract, which went to Dave Norris Construction, of Evanston, was for $16,800.

Poppinga said problems with trees and other issues have damaged some areas of the asphalt pathways, making the repairs necessary.

Other council business

• Councilors approved the purchase of a 2013 automated side-loading refuse collection truck from Rock Springs-based Jack’s Trucking & Equipment for the city’s sanitation department. The bid, at $232,109, was not the lowest of the two received, but city officials felt the lowest bid, from Casper-based Peterbilt of Wyoming, did not adequately meet the city’s desired specifications for the vehicle.

• Third and final approval was given to a major overhaul of the city’s waste water ordinance. The rewrite was done with the help of former EPA employee Curt McCormick, and with the purpose of bringing the rules up to date with current EPA requirements and state DEQ standards.

• The council also approved the third reading of the final plat for the Ridgecrest Fourth Addition, located along Red Hawk Avenue in Evanston.

• Councilors gave their approval to the periodic agreement with the Wyoming Department of Transportation for the provision of a salt and sand mixture for use on area roads during the winter. The cost for the material, which is replaced depending on the severity of road conditions from year to year, will not exceed $65,000.

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