City approves $228M budget for FY 2013-14
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
May 29, 2013 | 983 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland City Council unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget without further discussion Monday.

The $228.2 million budget includes anticipated revenues from all sources including current and delinquent taxes, nontax revenues and proceeds from the sale of debt, city schools and Cleveland Utilities.

Total expenditures were placed at $227.7 million.

The city’s general operating fund was set at $38.7 million. The actual FY 2011-12 budget was $38 million and the estimated budget for the current year is $37.1 million. At the end of the current fiscal year, the city estimates it will use none of the $11.9 million General Fund balance. The budget estimates adding $578,698 to the fund balance in the next fiscal year that begins July 1.

Council members also took the following actions under new business. The items were unanimously approved, except where noted.

- Zoning Ordinance 2013-28 to rezone property along old 25th Street, Wolfe Drive and Peerless Road from Single-Family Residential (R-I to CH) Commercial Highway. The property is the parking lot of Westmore Church of God.

- Ordinance 2013-29 to rezone property at the intersection of Georgetown Road and Villa Drive from Professional Institutional (PI to PUD 11) Planned Unit Development. It is the 11th PUD in the city. Tennessee Christian Preparatory School requested the zoning change to make the property more attractive to buyers.

According to general PUD standards, a mixed-use of CH and (R-3) Multi-family Residential zoning is allowed. At-Large Councilman George Poe abstained. The measure passed by a vote of 6-0-1.

- Accepted a bid from BB&T for city banking services.

- Approved a change order for the Local Interstate Connector South for environmental monitoring services provided by Smith, Seckman, Reid in the amount of $42,914.35. The extension is due to an extension of 27 days with Steve Williams Construction Co. The monitoring services are required by the state for the entirety of the project. Approval by the city was contingent upon approval by the Bradley County Commission.

The following consent agenda items were approved

- Resolution 2013-37 to support Tennessee House Joint Resolution No. 69 to extend retirement benefits to emergency service personnel. The resolution, authored by state Sen. Mike Bell and state Rep. Eric Watson, urges the U.S. Congress to modify the definition of firefighter in U.S. Code to include emergency medical service personnel for the purpose of retirement benefits. A change in the code would allow the state to extend benefits to EMS personnel who work alongside firefighters and law enforcement officers who are covered under the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System.

City Manager Janice Casteel said there was no cost to the city. The resolution was to signal support for Bradley County.

- Resolution 2013-38 authorized Mayor Tom Rowland to sign a memorandum of understanding with United Way of Bradley County in connection with the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant.

The memorandum ensures the United Way of Bradley County would coordinate planning and align resources related to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant Program with the city of Cleveland's Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Grant activities.

Under the agreement, the city would provide limited access to software and tools needed to plan and execute intervention programs in selected areas. In return, the United Way would allow city personnel to participate on committees and councils pertaining to grant activities.

The Choice Neighborhood Program will serve as a continuation of work began under the Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Grant that ends June 30. The TTCCR Grant was a three-year pilot program funded by the state to reduce crime in south and east Cleveland ends June 30.

The purpose of the $800,000 Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Grant is to reduce crime related to the use of alcohol and drugs and to break the familial cycle of incarceration and recidivism.

- Resolution 2013-39 authorized Rowland to sign a contract with Arnett, Kirksey, Kimsey, Sullivan, Lay & Hall to audit city accounts for the period from July 1, 2012, through June 30 at a cost of $49,000.

- Approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Redd’s Cab Co. requested by Linda Wooten of 415 South Lee Highway.