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Fountain City Council Approves 2019 Fiscal Year Budget on First Reading


November 21, 2018

Members of the Fountain City Council approved the city’s 2019 fiscal year budget on first reading following a public hearing last Tuesday.

The second reading and final approval is scheduled for the Dec. 11 meeting.

City of Fountain Deputy Finance Director Shawna Dail gave a slide show presentation featuring the following information concerning the 2019 budget. The strategic priorities were included in the budget workshops that were held Sept. 27 and Oct. 4.

• The city prepares a Biennial Budget which is a one year budget (2019) and a one year plan (2020). This public hearing is related to the adoption of the FY 2019 proposed budget.

• Total 2019 revenue for all funds is $88.2 million

• Total 2019 expenses for all funds less capital is $63.4 million

• Capital lease proceeds in the GF for equipment and software purchases for IT and Streets

• Budget includes a 2% Merit Increase Pool- no COLA

• Budget includes a 3% Insurance cost increase

Strategic Priorities and General Fund Budget

• Strategic Priority: Improve the conditions of city-wide transportation infrastructure in order to support enhanced road safety, encourage economic development and improve traffic flow, focused principally on major City transportation corridors, then residential areas.

– Increase Streets Maintenance Budget by $50K

– Purchase new Pot-Hole Truck to improve crew efficiencies- $205K

• Strategic Priority: The City will re-assess the distribution of public safety resources and develop, coordinate and implement necessary plans and initiatives to ensure equal access to such services throughout the City’s jurisdiction.

- Remodel Fire Station #2 to accommodate housing a 3rd ambulance (fund balance)

– Hire 3 new full-time Firefighter EMT/Paramedics in the 4th quarter 2019

– Purchase new public safety equipment including vehicles, a drone, and SCBA gear (fund balance)

• Strategic Priority: Complete necessary coordination and initiate plans to improve the availability of venues which support a variety of community activities, to include athletics, recreation, youth programs and gatherings. Whenever possible, pursue funding for these activities that leverage a variety of resourcing opportunities, minimizing cost to the Community.

– Reclassify one part-time parks employee to full-time

– Hire new part-time Recycling Center Operator for Neighborhood Services

– Purchase a new herbicide sprayer for Parks- $50K

– Planning & Engineering for new restroom/concession building at Aga Park (fund balance)

– Planning & Engineering for new ADA playground equipment at Fountain Mesa Park (fund balance)

• Water Fund

– A rate increase of 3% that took effect in April 2018 has been reflected in 2019 operating revenues that total $9.88 million

– Operations Personnel added one new full-time water operator and two part-time water employees in 2019

– Bond issue of $7 million is planned for 2019 for capital projects including:

• Water Rights $700K

• System Improvements $2.93 million

• Construction of new Utility Operations Building $3 million

• Electric Fund

– A 5 year rate study is planned for 2019

– Operations has no major changes or additions to personnel

– Bond issue of $12 million is planned for 2019 for capital projects including:

• New substation $10.25 million

• New Utility Operations Building $7.7 million

• Transportation Sales Tax Funds

– Transportation Sales Tax

• No changes

– Street Resurfacing

• No changes

– Street Capital Improvement

• Revenue will sunset after 2019

• Major projects anticipated for completion include Duckwood, Indiana Railroad Crossing, Quiet Zones

Deborah Stout-Meininger asked about the cost of a new Utility Operations building.

“Is that another office building like we rebuilt the church,” she asked.

Fountain Mayor Gabe Ortega said the former church location is for customer service. Currently operation centers are located at the Lorraine Center and at a building on Southmoor Dr. The new Operations Centers will allow city utilities worker to work out of one building instead of two.

So right now, they are centrally location add we’re moving them away,” she said.

Ortega said the plan was to move operations offices out of neighborhoods and said land was available for a new building.

“For years, people have been complaining about the noise,” he said.

Stout-Meininger asked , “So that’s going to be cost saving at the end of day because no one is questioning that expenditure?

Ortega explained that there would be a cost saving by combing the two buildings into one, adding “We’re running out of space very quickly and the places we work out of right now don’t work anymore.”

She then asked what was going to happen to the Lorraine Center.

Ortega replied there were options but nothing had been decided yet.

Concerning the merit raises, Fountain resident Gordon Rick asked “When was the last time we did a rate survey of our employees and when is it going to happen again,”

City Manager Scott Trainor said it was two years ago and a number of smaller organizations were sampled including Monument, Manitou Springs, and Longmont. He didn’t have the full list with him and said he would get it to Rick.

“We didn’t just pick one,” Rick asked.

“No,” said Trainor.

Trainor said the city does the survey about every five years.

Fountain resident Fran Carrick asked, “Did the street and maintenance or parks department not get anything they asked for?”

“Everything they asked for was included in this budget,” said City Clerk Silvia Huffman.

“Good,” Carrick replied.

Carrick then asked how the city was planning to replace the city’s police vehicles which were damaged in the hailstorms last summer, buy or lease?

Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer said 31-33 public service vehicles were destroyed in the hailstorms. Heberer said the department was using insurance to replace some of the vehicles.

“What we need to do next year is purchase some vehicles and work them into the fleet,” he said.

Carrick then asked how many police vehicles and fire trucks the city had. She also asked how many administration vehicles there are in the city fleet. Heberer and Trainor said they didn’t have the numbers with them but would get them to her.

In other action, councilmembers:

*Approved the appointments of representatives from three entities to the newly formed Recreation Facility Advisory Committee. A city representative will be in attendance at all meetings to record proceedings.

The representatives include:

School District 3

*Charron Schoenberger, Korey Hutchison, Brent Bloyd, and Carlos Gonzalez

Fountain Valley Senior Center

Diana Spriggs and Florence Paradise

City of Fountain

*Fran Carrick, Tamara Estes, Abby Ortega, and Rick Clements.


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