KEY ACTION: After two public readings, approved the 2018 budget.

DISCUSSION: The budget, which council discussed at length in an Oct. 30 committee meeting, includes about $41.7 million in appropriations.

The budget also includes about $7.9 million in the city's general fund, up from $7 million this year. Income tax approbations increased to about $7.6 million, up from $7.35 million this year.

The budget includes several projects, including $40,000 for the Seventh Street crosswalk project; an increase of about $12,000 for police training; $33,000 for upgrades to Dogwood shelter; $40,000 for maintenance and other work at Dogwood Pool; $103,500 for facility upgrades at city hall; $700,000 for street paving; $75,000 for economic development and $11,500 for equipment upgrades to council chambers, including new microphones.

Council passed the budget on emergency after a second reading, instead of the requisite three readings.

Council held back-to-back meetings Monday. A special committee meeting began after the regular meeting adjourned.


• Heard a presentation from Director of Administrative Services Patrick DeOrio on plans to expand the city's park system.

• Adopted an ordinance authorizing the city to pay its portion, about $116,072, of a Sludge Processing Modifications Project at Canton's Water Reclamation Facility.

• Passed the second reading of an ordinance allowing the city to request quotes for a comprehensive insurance policy.

• Introduced an ordinance that would allow employees to donate unused paid leave to fellow employees are "in critical need of leave due to the serious illness of the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family." The ordinance is listed as an emergency. "Without getting into specifics, we're faced with this as we speak," said Council President Jeff Peters, ward two.

• Introduced an ordinance that would correct errors in previous legislation establishing rental rates and policies for city owned facilities. A typo in the ordinance passed caused the closing time for one facility incorrect. A formatting error caused the wrong rates to be listed for a facility.

• Introduced an ordinance allowing the city to seek quotes for janitorial services. The two-year contract would being April 1 and run through March 31, 2020.

• Introduced an ordinance authorizing the police to donate unclaimed bicycles and bicycle parts to the Salvation Army.

• Introduced an ordinance authorizing the city to contract with Canton for legal representation for prosecution of criminal cases in Canton Municipal Court. The city contracts with Canton rather than hiring an in-house city prosecutor.

• Introduced an ordinance modifying the city's municipal income tax code. The changes bring the city in-line with new state legislation.

UP NEXT: Organizational meeting 6 p.m. Saturday; committee meeting 7 p.m. Monday followed by a special council meeting.