The second reading of the ordinance to amend the 2016/17 budget was approved. The amendment deals with budget line items that vary from year to year, such as insurance. The Initial Bond Resolution was also passed four to three by the board. This item also required a resolution to authorize the bond issue, not to exceed $5 million for the gas/water operations building project and capital projects to make improvements in the gas and water system. “This is not the building and project amount,” Jowers explained,” but the authorization for the bond which requires a cap amount.” The board will have to vote to approve the actual bond issue amount later when the final figures are presented.
Voting for the resolution was Blankenship, Casselberry, Wildridge, and Gilbert. Voting against the measure were Griggs, Wood, and Johnson. Both Griggs and Wood expressed being for a new building, but didn’t feel that the city needed a $3 million complex at this time. Alderman Johnson maintained that current facilities, with some upgrades might be adequate.
Griggs, Wood, and Johnson were also for the project improvements, but as they were included with the building resolution, they felt the need to cast nay votes. Lexington Utilities Director, Michael Harper, explained that…
For the complete story, see the April 12th edition of The Lexington Progress.