By TIMILEE WILBER
LYMAN – Budget talks at the Lyman Town Council meeting May 16, indicate the town will be $77,645 in the red, according to Lyman mayor Andy Hewitt.
General fund revenues are expected to total $2,091,318 for this fiscal year. Proposed general fund expenditures are expected to total $2,162,707, which will put the town $77,645 in the red.
The council discussed at length specific items included in the fiscal budget for 2013-2014 before passing on the budget on second reading with some changes from the first reading.
The town faces a $42,930 deficit by the end of this fiscal year due to unforeseen expenses including painting the Heritage Barn Pavilion, installing street lights on East Street, the purchase of a water truck to spray the rodeo grounds to keep dust levels down during the summer months and the hiring of a part-time seasonal employee.
The council discussed whether or not to take the money to cover the deficits from the reserve account which has a total of $1,100,994.
Also, according to Hewitt, 44-45 percent of the budget is wages and benefits.
Councilman Brad Bradshaw questioned a $10,000 expenditure for a Public Works Department backhoe included in the budget each year. Public Works director Gary Hutchinson said he needs a backhoe “in good working order” for his department. When asked how many hours per year the backhoe is in use, Hutchinson answered about 450.
During the work session, the council discussed with Greg Cosgrove owner of the Branding Iron Bar, the denial of the renewal of his liquor license at the last council meeting.
According to Cosgrove, the requirement for the license is he be open for business three months of the year, and that his business purchase least $500 in liquor during the year. Cosgrove said the Branding Iron Bar was open for business five days a week at 5 p.m. for the months of October, November and December last year. The council voted unanimously in favor of renewing Cosgrave’s’ liquor license.
Councilman Bronson Berg reported recommendations drafted by the parks and recreation committee at their meeting May 7. The first priority covered safety issues at all of the town parks. The need for garbage cans, seating, restrooms and shade at all of the parks were also priorities.
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