Meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall

Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 02:44 PM.

"You never want to tell someone that they’re going to lose their job and we hate to do that," Sanders said.

Other changes city residents could see would be a decrease in the amount of trips city trucks make collecting old furniture and appliances. The collections would go from regular to an on-call basis. Residents may also be asked to bag loose leaves in their yards during the majority of the year to increase efficiency for public services workers.

Sanders said residents can voice their concerns or their support of the budget Monday night.

"That’s their option to do that and I would encourage them to come out Monday night," Sanders said. "Everybody needs to come out to the public hearing and voice their concerns."

The board must approve the budget by June 30.

Commissioners have called for the elimination of $5,000 in funding for the Havelock Appearance Commission, have cut $20,000 from the minimum housing program in the planning department, have canceled $10,000 in upgrades for an animal control truck and $12,000 in upgrades for a city ambulance, decided against $14,467 for the purchase of new recreation complex bleachers and passed on $75,000 in ditch clearing that would enhance drainage.

The board had considered funding $10,000 for new computers at the Havelock Library but cut that out as well. The budget does call for $30,000 for a new police patrol car and $105,103 for a new knuckle boom truck for public services. 

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