City Discusses Upcoming Projects at Budget Meeting

Charles City Hall

CHARLES CITY- Charles City council members met Wednesday to discuss budgets for upcoming projects in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

City Administrator Tom Brownlow says one of the projects consists of repairing the entrance doors at the Charles City Public Library.


Brownlow says the library has experienced problems with the doors not closing all the way for a few years.  He says the issues are due to settling of the building.

Another project discussed was the eradication of Ash trees that will fall victim to the Emerald Ash Borer. Councilman Jerry Joerger asked whether the budgeted $35,000 would be enough money to begin preparations for cutting down Ash trees. Streets Department Superintendent Dirk Uetz says he thinks the Ash Borer is still a few years away from becoming a major problem in the area.

Brownlow says at some point the city will need to put something in the code to remove infected trees as well as prohibit the use of water soluble chemicals.  Uetz estimates that it would cost the city between $350,000 to $450,000 to eradicate all Ash trees.

Councilman Delaine Freeseman also suggested providing funds to the Area Development Corporation, Chamber and Community Revitalization to use for promotion purposes to support economic development.

The council will meet Monday at 4:30 to finalize budgetary items.  The council plans to set a date for a hearing on the budget at the February 17th meeting.

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