September 21, 2019

Rose City planning improvement projects for new fiscal year

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ROSE CITY — The city will be focusing on a number of projects going into its new fiscal year thanks to ending the last year in good shape, according to Clerk Cindy Rosebrugh.

The city ended the fiscal year June 30 with a fund balance of slightly more than $210,000.

She said this fiscal year the city will be taking on the overhaul of Harrington Street, working on the gravel and ditches in preparation for the eventual paving of the road within the next couple years. The overhaul project is anticipated to cost $52,800. Rosebrugh said on paper this project makes it look as if the municipal street fund will end the year with a negative balance. However, the money was only transferred to the local street fund to cover costs before millage money comes in.

The city will also be using its fund balance to move forward on cleaning up the area behind the new farmers market pavilion, in order to put in a campground. These improvements are estimated to cost around $22,000, according to Rosebrugh. The area set aside for a splash pad, behind the fire department, will also be prepped. Funds for the splash pad itself, which is expected to be constructed next year, are set to come from fundraising and a possible grant, rather than city funds.

Rosebrugh said the city might also consider finding a deal for a new plowtruck.

The 2019-20 budget, which was approved June 18, is projecting revenues of $505,947 and expenses of $486,718.

In other news, the city made a motion July 2 to go 50-50 with the Rose Area Fire Department to pay for a new paint job for the police and fire station. The paint job is expected to cost a total of $3,100. Discussion was also had about redoing the decal on the front of the building. The issue will be presented at the Rose City Area Fire Department board meeting, and if the go-ahead is given, the fire department would cover the cost.

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