SALYERSVILLE - Salyersville City Council met on Monday, discussing the budget, annexation and the possibility of a federal program utilizing the former Continental property.
The council unanimously agreed to commit $7,800 in the 2016-2017 budget for the Magoffin County Senior Citizens "Meals on Wheels" program to supply 12 meals per day, at $2.50 per meal, during the next fiscal year.
Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd presented a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which was accepted by the council. Shepherd explained he will be able to give more detailed numbers later on after the audit comes in. He is also waiting on an update on the insurance rates for the city, which have been re-bid in efforts to cut cost.
For the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, he said the city is currently at 82 percent of the proposed budget, lining up to end the fiscal year on target. Shepherd told the council he would bring a more detailed breakdown of how he used the current year's budget, as well as information coming in, to arrive at the proposed 2016-2017 budget for the upcoming public hearing, scheduled for June 9.
With the high school moving to the Parkway in August, he said they will lose some funding from employee taxes as the school moves out of the city, technically. He said he expects to gain some of that back with the ongoing road work for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. The proposed annexation, passed by the council last year that would annex the new school and several businesses along the Parkway into the city limits, will be on the ballot in November.
The council agreed to donate $1,000 to the Magoffin County Rescue Squad, as they did last year.
Mayor Shepherd informed the council that Paul Douglas Conley's term on the Magoffin County Board of Assessment Appeals has expired. He asked the council to bring names of possible candidates to fill that position to the next meeting. The Board of Assessment Appeals is a committee that reviews cases where people have issues with their property assessments.
In his mayor's report, Shepherd said crews are working to clean the streets and putting out flowers throughout downtown Salyersville, getting everything ready for Memorial Day.
He said the location on the Parkway where he would have liked to place one of the two tornado shelters purchased earlier this year fell through. The state said they would have to wait at least one year to use that property, so Shepherd said he's looking into different options, though he still wants to find a location downtown and on the Parkway for the shelters.
Mayor Shepherd told the council members that if they know of any streets that need coal patch to let him know and they will start work on that as soon as the weather allows.
One of the city's lawnmowers, which they have owned for 16 years, is not operational, Shepherd said. While they are trying to find options to fix it, he said if it can't be repaired, he has received prices from several businesses and can buy a new one at-cost from Bailey's Carpet and Hardware.
Mayor Shepherd said he hasn't heard anything official, but a federal program has expressed interest in the former Joy Mining/Continental Conveyor property. If it comes to fruition, the federal program would buy the property and then bring in a company for a specified number of years with incentives. The program has told him that the city should annex the property first, Shepherd said, and he explained that City Attorney Jeff Lovely is working on putting that into motion currently.
A budget hearing is scheduled for June 9 at 1 p.m. at Salyersville City Hall and the next Salyersville City Council meeting is slated for June 20 at 7 p.m.
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