The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 2, 2013

Council approves budget amendment, grant

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — City council members approved a Harrison Park Golf Course budget amendment and accepted a firefighter assistance grant at their meeting Wednesday night.

Aldermen approved expenditure increases for the golf course totaling $28,500. Revenue line items also were increased to show funding covered the expenses.

Increased expenses included seasonal auxiliary worker salaries by $14,500, maintenance of equipment by $4,000 and materials to maintain buildings and other equipment by $7,500 to the Harrison Park Golf Course budget.

A roof was replaced and a furnace went out in another building, Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said.

Increased revenues include golf cart rentals by $17,000 and other receipts by $11,500.

The changes were to address the golf course’s end-of-year fiscal budget, Ahrens said.

“We’re placing some of the additional revenues gained with the extended season,” Ahrens said.

Golfers played through most of last winter’s season, he added.

Auxiliary staff members normally are hired from mid-March through Thanksgiving. But last year, hourly auxiliary staff started in February.

The discussion about the golf course brought about general questions from Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black about fewer municipalities operating golf courses. Black asked whether the city can continue to afford the golf course in the future. Cutting government spending where needed needs to be looked at, Black said.

With the golf course’s good year, about $25,000 will be put back into reserves, Ahrens said. The course does receive city hotel/motel tax revenue.

Also Wednesday, council members accepted a $69,840 Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The fire department was awarded the grant for a total project estimated at $77,600, with 90 percent of those funds being provided by FEMA.

The city’s local match is 10 percent, or $7,760.

The grant covers the replacement of 10-year-old or older Personal Protective Equipment, such as coats, pants and helmets.

Danville Fire Department was one of six agencies awarded the grant across the nation.

Black said the fire department “will use (the grant) wisely” as some taxpayer money comes back to the city.

The city council Wednesday night also met in closed session to discuss certain personnel and salary schedules.

No action was taken.