Elkhart mayor seeks additional funding

While part of that is an annual event, city needs to replenish overtime fund depleted by harsh winter.

Posted on Aug. 18, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

ELKHART — Mayor Dick Moore submitted a request to the city council for $600,000 to cover additional road work for 2014.

The request was received by the city council during a brief meeting Monday night, Aug. 18.

Moore normally seeks a mid-year appropriation to fund annual street work, but is also seeking another $135,000 to cover overtime and fuel funds that were drained by work related to severe winter weather conditions from the previous winter.

The council took the requests under advisement and could vote on the issue next month.

In a letter to the council, Moore said the $135,000 will be needed to cover overtime and fuel costs associated with paving, leaf pickup and snow plowing that might be needed in November and December.

Money for street work will come from the wheel tax fund and the local road and street fund. Overtime and fuel will come from the motor vehicle highway fund.

So far this year, the city has seen 2,846 hours of overtime, totaling $83,568.

Earlier this year, the council approved an additional $1.7 million sought by Moore to cover the cost of road repairs for streets damaged by the severe winter.

The council also cast a series of votes to clear up mistakes in a legal advertising needed for a voluntary annexation for Grace Bible Church, which the council recently approved. The church is located south of the city airport, but is in an unincorporated area.

The additional cost of re-advertising is expected to be around $200, according to the council’s administrative assistant.

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