Evansville City Council Discusses Comprehensive Plan, Budget Amendments, Fire-EMS Scholarship

Evansville Mayor Chad Edwards, Council Member Michael Scott and Council Member Candace Machado (Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo.–Evansville has produced a balanced budget for the second straight year, Mayor Chad Edwards announced Monday at the regular meeting of the city council.

The council also discussed the progress of the city’s comprehensive plan, approved the Evansville Fire-EMS scholarship program, and learned about some upcoming events.

Budget amendments and submissions

In addition to having over $132,000 in surplus revenue, the city was able to provide a 2% raise to all of its county employees, as well as a 4% raise to all of its hourly departmental employees. fire on call.

Council approved amendments to the 2021-22 budget, which included more spending for City Clerk, Finance, Legal Affairs, City Court and Parks services than originally planned.

The 2022-2023 fiscal year has three separate funds in its revenue budget: the general fund, the enterprise fund and the capital improvement fund. The proposed budget projects general fund revenue at $7.85 million, enterprise fund revenue at $4.14 million, and capital improvement fund revenue at $2.28 million. Each projection includes an expected carryover of $3.32 million, $2.39 million, and $2.14 million, respectively.

The city advertised a 2022 or newer compact roller this year and received an offer from Tri-State Truck and Equipment, but the asking price of $54,145 was higher than expected. Representatives called for the bill to be thrown out so the city could re-advertise.

Logan Simpson Full Shot

Melissa Ruth, a member of Logan Simpson’s consulting team, spoke to council to provide an update on Evansville’s overall plan. A comprehensive plan, she explained, is a roadmap for a city that combines the ideas and values ​​of the community, creating a vision for the next 20 years.

Evansville’s previous comprehensive plan was adopted in 2005. Development of the new one began in April 2022 and is expected to be completed by early fall.

Ruth asked the council to say what they liked about Evansville and what they would like to see changed.

“I moved here as a young single mom with two children,” council member Dacia Edwards said. “I knew I wanted to come back to Evansville. I know my neighbors, my neighbors know me; you know if someone goes out of town.

She also mentioned her appreciation for the Fire-EMS service and how they often give stickers or suction cups to city kids. “I have a lot of foster kids, so often it’s good for them to be able to see an officer or a firefighter who doesn’t take mum or dad to jail. They just wave, ‘Hey, how are you?’ you know, it’s very nice.

Council members Michael Scott and Candace Machado also highlighted the community aspect, with Machado describing her experience in Evansville as “peaceful.”

As for the changes, Edwards said she wants to see an improvement in the city’s drainage system, as well as more affordable and accessible housing.

Ruth will be conducting stakeholder interviews with community members over the coming weeks and urged meeting participants to volunteer for them. She also reminded the group of the upcoming Evansville Open House, where the public can have their say. The open house will take place on Wednesday, June 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fire-EMS Scholarship Approval

The board also approved the Evansville Fire-EMS Scholarship Program, which will provide students with tuition reimbursement in exchange for a 48/96 shift with crews at the city’s fire station.

Commercial and restaurant licenses

The Evansville City Council has approved licenses for the following companies: 5150 Roofing & Exteriors, Arizona Machinery, Bushnell Custom Hardwoods, Preferred Fire Protection, Skyline Construction, Sprecher Electric Inc. and TA Truck Service.

The council also approved a catering permit for Hooch’s Bar and Grill so they can serve food and drink at Summer Hits at Hat Six, an event taking place on June 25 in the parking lot of Hat Six. A few food trucks should also apply for permits for the event.

Public comments

Council Member Machado updated the attendees on the preparations for the city’s upcoming centennial celebration, mentioning that citizens had had two meetings so far and selected dates. Fire and police chiefs participated in additional decisions, and plans and a theme were chosen.

Machado and some participants also gave an update on the city’s community garden. Signage for the garden is being developed and some self-watering flowerbeds have been placed. A fence is still needed to keep the ‘critters’ out, and the team intends to plant within the next two weeks so the garden can produce food this season.

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