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Valley Falls City Council discusses 5-year plan

by Clarke Davis

The Valley Falls mayor and city council held a work session to create a five-year plan for capital expenditures.

The city budget contains three funds in which money is transferred to for larger expenditures. One is the consolidated streets and highway fund which received state money along with the city’s 1-cent sales tax. That fund now contains $300,000, but is not considered sufficient to tackle a large project such as a complete rebuilding of south Linn Street.

The equipment reserve fund has about $60,000 and is used to buy cars, trucks, tractors, upgrade computers and a number of other large purchases.

The newest fund is a building fund established this year to use for the razing of a delapidated building at 417 Broadway and the plan to rebuild it for a new city hall.

The last two funds, according to city administrator Chris Channell, must be established by city ordinance and must be accompanied by a five-year plan—thus the reason for the meeting.

The entire council was present along with council candidate Shawn Jepson, who was invited to join the council at its table.

Channell had found some former planning lists, which the council used as guides to see what was still pertinent and what needed to be scratched.

Projects discussed and left on the five-year list include wastewater pump station upgrade, replacing street curbs, repair of sewer lines, upgrading computers at the office and the water plant, inspecting water towers, buying at least one police car now and one next year, and mower replacements.

Channell will create the five-year plan from what he understood the council’s wishes to be and resubmit it to the council for further refinement.

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