From the Mayor’s Desk
Mayor Willrich said, “The City of Lexington had a prosperous and successful 2009. To start with, the City Council adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year October 1st, 2009 through September 30th, 2010. The approved budget has total expenditures of $2,570,438, a decrease of $236,666 from the previous year’s budget. The current budget includes a 3% pay raise for City Employees.”
*The City did not increase the property tax rate. The rate remained at .4609.
*The Police Department budget increased from $245,864 to $299, 035, primarily due to the proposed hiring of a full time animal control officer and projected fully staffed police department.
*The Fire Department budget decreased from $37,800 to $37,700.
*The EMS budget remained the same as last year at $15,000, which represents the subsidy payment to the Lexington EMS each year.
*The Municipal Court budget increased from $50,468 to $58, 702 and the Park Department budget decreased $2,829 from $17,548 to $14,629.
*The Street Department budget increased by $46,359, increasing from $141,893 to $188,252, due to planned street improvements, primarily the cemetery road.
A. Prosperity Bank Building was purchased for the new City Hall. B. A new billing clerk was hired C. Purchased a used PeterBilt dump truck D. Purchased a transmission distribution breaker replacement for LCRA Sub-Station
E. Hired a full time Animal Control Officer to assist with code enforcement and FEMA.
F. Opened new bank account under Emergency Management. $300.00 will go into this account each month.
G. Completed a $250,000 Sewer Grant job.
H. The City has been recommended for a 2010 Texas Community Development Program Block Grant (TxCDBG) award of $250,000 for wastewater treatment plant improvements. This grant is contingent on HUD allocating an equal or greater amount of funds for 2010 as was awarded in 2009. Funds should be available around May – June 2010.
I. Did some improved electrical work recommended by LCRA J. Monthly contribution to Wheels of Sharing Food Pantry. K. Replaced sewer line east of the High School
L. Appointed Chief Davenport as Building Official.
M. Awarded bid for two lift stations, two 1,000 gallon per minute water pumps at ground storage
N. Awarded bid for janitorial service for new City Hall and Police Station O. Repaved Cemetery Road from Ave. C to curve before the cemetery. P. Budget for two used work trucks
Q. Water tower repair sand blast outside and inside, fix leak and painted inside and outside
R. The Mayor applied for an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant through the State Comptroller’s office and the City of Lexington was awarded a $20,000 grant to be used for electrical work.
Mayor Willrich said, “I’m proud to say our city is financially sound.”