Wyoming passes budget with 4% increase

By Doug Hampton

The Wyoming City Council held a short meeting in July adjourning just 32 minutes after the meeting started.  The council approved the normal bills and minutes before hearing from two people during public comments.

The finance committee recommended acceptance of the annual budget and tax appropriation ordinance with about a 4% increase.  None of the individual line items had any major changes.  The council voted to approve the ordinance as presented.

Doug Hafner who operates a business at 207 E Williams St. spoke to the council about semi-trucks with trailers that are parking on the side of the road near his business causing sightline issues when backing out of the driveway and sometimes the vehicles are even blocking the driveway.  Hafner passed out pictures to the council showing the situation.  After discussing the matter, the council decided that they will add another No Parking sign to the area and have the police department monitor the situation.

Kim Plumer, representing the Eagle’s Relay For Life Team discussed a new event they would like to hold this year.  The event, billed as the Teddy Bear Trot will be a 5K run/walk to raise funds for Relay For Life.  The council reviewed the proposed route and approved the event which will be held on Saturday, September 15 starting at 8:30 a.m.

City Superintendent Joe Kinsella updated the council on sidewalk work that has been worked on or completed and stated that they will be working on tree removal after they are done with the sidewalks.

The police department had 50 calls, 10 traffic stops, six assists and three arrests according to Chief of Police Mark James’ report.  He also informed the council that he has ordered ammunition for the yearly qualification testing.

Third Ward alderman Steve Hansard was absent from the meeting.

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