City Council approve fire equipment purchase
The City Council approved spending about $30,000 for 12 air packs for the Baldwin City Fire Department. The department's current air packs do not meet national standards, and there are not enough working units.
City Administrator Larry Paine said the air packs are tested regularly and some have failed.
"If they don't test, they are junk," said Bill Winegar, assistant utility director for the city and a volunteer firefighter.
The council approved the purchase, with the recommendation that a replacement schedule be established so that a dozen air packs do not have to purchased at the same time in the future.
City preparing 2001 budget
Paine and a city Finance Committee of City Council members and city staff have been meeting regularly to discuss and prepare the 2001 city budget.
Paine said a preliminary budget has been prepared and a revised version should be presented to the council at a July 10 work session. A public hearing on the budget will be set for July 17.
Paine said he is currently working on balancing the budget, which he says is about $100,000 out of balance in the sewer, electric and general funds.
He doesn't expect the mill levy to change much from 40.735 mills in the 2000 budget, because the Baldwin City valuation increased from $13 million to $15 million. A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.