Board adopts new city budget

By Russell Hood

The Webster Progress-Times


City leaders adopted Eupora’s fiscal 2014 budget as presented at a special called meeting on Sept. 12.

No one from the public attended a Sept. 5 hearing on the $1.75 million budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Mayor Dan Burchfield said then that the city has no plans to raise the tax millage rate of 24.

The Eupora Board of Aldermen originally planned to adopt the budget this Monday, but decided to do so last week because of questions concerning the deadline of Sept. 15, which fell on a Sunday this year.

Vice Mayor Jerry Gary presided in the absence of Burchfield, who was involved in another meeting in his office at the time but did return to the boardroom before adjournment.

Sept. 16

Planner George Crawford of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District met with aldermen at their second monthly meeting Monday. At his request, the board adopted a maintenance plan and accompanying resolution for the pre-approval phase of the city’s lagoon stabilization grant application.

Additionally, aldermen authorized board attorney Jacqueline Meek to research the area surrounding the city airport, and negotiate with Cook Surveying and Mapping to survey the northern corner of the timber property needed for Federal Aviation Administration inspection.

The board granted Murphy Medical Supply a construction request to cut the city street curbs in front of the business at 65 Medical Plaza. The request was approved with the stipulation that any changes in stormwater runoff flow patterns will be the responsibility of MMS, and that the business accept full liability in cases of damage to downstream property owners.

In a matter tabled since Aug. 5, aldermen authorized City Clerk Gail Newton to begin using a bank purchase card system to pay vendors. The board set a $5,000 credit limit.