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Budget cuts, library location up for discussion at Grovetown city council meet

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 1:22am

Grovetown city leaders are expected to hear and discuss areas where the city could see budget cuts and how deep they might go, among other issues, during the next regularly scheduled council meeting.

Interim city administrator John Waller said that several topics will be on the Aug. 14 agenda, including results from a resident survey on where the city's new library will be built.

Discussion on selection of a new city administrator will also be heard, according to Grovetown mayor Gary Jones.

Jones said a total of 11 applications were received for the position which Waller took over in the interim in May, replacing longtime administrator Shirley Beasley, who now serves as an administrative assistant in the water utility department.

Jones said that of the 11 applicants, interviews will be conducted with four today. Waller did confirm that he had applied for the position.

"A three-member professional panel has been assembled and will make recommendations to HR, who in turn will make said recommendations to the Council on Aug. 14 for a vote," Jones said via email.

Budget discussions will also be heard at the meeting, according to Waller, who said that two council members met last week to look at the "revenue-expenditure shortfall."

Waller said more than $550,000 will have to be cut from the city's bottom line, which might potentially affect service delivery. Waller said he plans to "present results of cuts and services impact" at the Monday meeting.

The cuts are required after city council leaders opted to keep the millage rate unchanged for the third year in a row, though expenditures continue to rise, after a series of liability insurance cost increases and other lawsuit settlements not in the city's favor.

Residents can also expect to hear results from a resident survey on where the city's new library will be located.

Waller said a total of 372 residents participated in the survey on selecting a location for the city's new library, the results of which will also be presented to council members.

Waller said via email that 310 votes were received online and 62 by phone, with the majority at 53 percent coming in favor of building the new library next to city hall. Forty percent of the votes were in favor of building the library next to Liberty Park and a small six percent were in favor of purchasing property on Ford Avenue, across from the new Grovetown Elementary School.

 

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