City of Lincoln City Council met July 23.
Here is the minutes provided by the council:
A public hearing of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Seth Goodman at 7:02 p.m., with proper notice given. Roll call was taken by City Clerk Peggy Bateman.
Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1
Alderman Kathryn Schmidt, Ward 2
Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2
Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3
Alderman Ron Keller, Ward 3
Alderman Kathy Hom, Ward 4
Alderman Jeff Hoinacki,Ward 4
City Administrator Elizabeth Kavelman
Treasurer Chuck Conzo
City Clerk Peggy Bateman
Streets Superintendent Walt Landers
Building and Safety Officer Wes Woodhall
Police Chief Paul Adams
Fire Fire Chief Bob Dunovsky
City Attorney John Hoblit
Alderman Tracy Welch Ward 1
Mayor Seth Goodman
Mayor Goodman turned things over right away to Alderman Kevin Bateman who led in with the budget and appropriations, saying appropriations are what you propose spending. He said this was his first time dealing with an appropriation type budget.
He said the budget was set at some $22 million. He said looking at the appropriations, every single line has had something added to it. He said it's a 12.85 percent increase in appropriations.
He said he reached out to all the department heads, saying they all got back to him on what they asked for as far as their appropriations. He used Chief Adams as an example and mentioned overtime items. He said his items increased over $240,000. He didn't want to drag the meeting on forever, but he said there are some lines that are huge, with the difference between budgeted and appropriated funds.
He proposed going back and looking at the budget, finding the budgeted line items. he wanted to set some numbers back to budgeted numbers. He said instead of passing every single line item... why don't we pad the Streets and Alley's budget with an extra $250,000. He said there are fixed expenses in here...and mentioned the Animal Control line item. He said we should live within the budgeted amount of money and if the city has money they wanted to appropriate, they should pick the battles they want to fight.
He mentioned if history would have gone backwards, the city could have been setting aside money for 15 years or so to cover the sewer mandates. He said if we're going to vote tonight, he was going to vote no.
Alderman Parrott said he wanted to try to look at percentage differences in 2018 and 2019 and see what the differences are and see what percentages are, to see where we're going from budget year to budget year. He too said he would be a no vote.
Treasurer Conzo said it would be better to amend this in any way in the voting meeting. He then mentioned the sewer mandate, calling it an enterprise fund, saying you can't just take money and put it back for that.
Mayor Goodman called for any other public comment, without anything further , the meeting was closed at 7:10 p.m.