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Town unveils five-year CIP

The Town of Pulaski Tuesday night unveiled its Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), which includes more than $15 million in proposed projects.
However, the fact a capital improvement appears on the plan doesn’t mean it will ever be funded or be completed during the time frame of the plan, which covers the 2009-10 Fiscal Year to the 2014-15 Fiscal Year, Mayor Jeff Worrell said.
Worrell pointed out that he has been through the budget development process 11 times since he was elected to town council and some of the projects appearing in the current CIP have been there every time. Nonetheless, he also noted that there are some “big ticket items” in the CIP that have been delayed so long “they are going to have to be addressed.”
Town Manager John Hawley said very few capital improvements are included in the upcoming 2009-10 Fiscal Year Budget. In fact, the proposed budget only includes $40,300 in capital improvements: $15,000 for consultation on a possible boundary line adjustment; $22,500 for a police vehicle replacement; and $2,800 for a new mailing machine.
Hawley said the 2010-11 and 2011-12 fiscal years include a number of projects because “we were trying to get a handle on what we’ll need to keep operating and then go to some kind of borrowing procedure.
At earlier meetings, Hawley has mentioned possibly issuing bonds to cover some of the necessary improvements.
Some of the higher-priced, but not necessarily highest priority, projects on the five-year plan include:
• $1.75 million for a new fire station. Council has discussed for years the need for a new station due to the declining condition of the current building. Hawley has pointed out that maintenance on the aged building is becoming expensive.
• $800,000 for a new aerial truck for the fire department.
• $800,000 for a visitor’s clubhouse at Calfee Park.
• $4 million for East Main Street improvements. These improvements would be paid for with urban project funds that have already accumulated in the town’s account. The funds were to be used to four-lane East Main, but the town may choose to use if for other improvements because the cost of the widening project are escalating faster than funds are accumulating.
• $1 million for rehabilitation of the Gatewood Dam.
• $900,000 for water tank maintenance.
• $1.85 million for inflow and infiltration for sewer collection.
Some of the projects included in the CIP have been submitted to the state for possible stimulus funding.
A public hearing held on the CIP Tuesday night brought no public comments. Due to a problem with the hearing advertisement, another hearing will be held at the June 16 work session, to be held at the Senior Center on North Washington Avenue.
Town council will vote on the CIP and the 2009-2010 budget at that meeting. No one from the public commented on the proposed $7.6 million budget Tuesday night.

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Town unveils five-year CIP

The Town of Pulaski Tuesday night unveiled its Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), which includes more than $15 million in proposed projects.
However, the fact a capital improvement appears on the plan doesn’t mean it will ever be funded or be completed during the time frame of the plan, which covers the 2009-10 Fiscal Year to the 2014-15 Fiscal Year, Mayor Jeff Worrell said.
Worrell pointed out that he has been through the budget development process 11 times since he was elected to town council and some of the projects appearing in the current CIP have been there every time. Nonetheless, he also noted that there are some “big ticket items” in the CIP that have been delayed so long “they are going to have to be addressed.”
Town Manager John Hawley said very few capital improvements are included in the upcoming 2009-10 Fiscal Year Budget. In fact, the proposed budget only includes $40,300 in capital improvements: $15,000 for consultation on a possible boundary line adjustment; $22,500 for a police vehicle replacement; and $2,800 for a new mailing machine.
Hawley said the 2010-11 and 2011-12 fiscal years include a number of projects because “we were trying to get a handle on what we’ll need to keep operating and then go to some kind of borrowing procedure.
At earlier meetings, Hawley has mentioned possibly issuing bonds to cover some of the necessary improvements.
Some of the higher-priced, but not necessarily highest priority, projects on the five-year plan include:
• $1.75 million for a new fire station. Council has discussed for years the need for a new station due to the declining condition of the current building. Hawley has pointed out that maintenance on the aged building is becoming expensive.
• $800,000 for a new aerial truck for the fire department.
• $800,000 for a visitor’s clubhouse at Calfee Park.
• $4 million for East Main Street improvements. These improvements would be paid for with urban project funds that have already accumulated in the town’s account. The funds were to be used to four-lane East Main, but the town may choose to use if for other improvements because the cost of the widening project are escalating faster than funds are accumulating.
• $1 million for rehabilitation of the Gatewood Dam.
• $900,000 for water tank maintenance.
• $1.85 million for inflow and infiltration for sewer collection.
Some of the projects included in the CIP have been submitted to the state for possible stimulus funding.
A public hearing held on the CIP Tuesday night brought no public comments. Due to a problem with the hearing advertisement, another hearing will be held at the June 16 work session, to be held at the Senior Center on North Washington Avenue.
Town council will vote on the CIP and the 2009-2010 budget at that meeting. No one from the public commented on the proposed $7.6 million budget Tuesday night.

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