By Kevin Thranow
The Mission City Council met in regular session last Wednesday at the city office in Mission. One of the items on the agenda was a first reading of the proposed budget for 2019.
City financial manager Heather Petersen reported that budgets allocated for city departments for the current 2018 fiscal period have been largely adequate and that no departments had gone significantly over budget.
One large expenditure for the coming year will be the long-awaited purchase or lease of an updated street sweeper for the city’s maintenance department. Research continues on specific terms from the possible vendors and a final decision should be forthcoming within the next few meeting periods. It is also likely that a new vehicle will be needed for the police department in the 2019 fiscal year.
A short debate on the fate of the city pool ended in a shared opinion that there simply isn’t enough money in the budget to complete the repairs and updates necessary to reopen the pool, and no funds were allotted for the 2019 budget.
Discussion on the current status of Mission’s maintenance department was opened. There have been a few recent departures of staff due to new employment opportunities, and applications for these vacated positions have been mostly unsatisfactory. It was suggested that another employment ad would be run in the newspaper.
As reported after the last council meeting, fall clean up is now underway, starting Monday, September 24, and continuing until Friday, October 5. Dumpsters will be available at the Mission Maintenance Shop on the north end of Roosevelt Avenue. Residents may deposit all types of trash in the containers as long as they can get it to the shop on their own. There will not be staff available to pick up any items at home. For more information on the fall clean up, call the Mission City Office at (605) 856-4499.
The next city council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Mission City Office. Council meetings are open to the public.