Williamston approves first reading on $3.2 million budget

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Williamston Town Council approved first reading on the 2017-18 budget and several ordinances related to housing and codes during their regular meeting May 1. Council also approved the purchase of a new tractor.
The mayor’s $3,204,200 budget reflects one time expenses for operations and maintenance, several facility improvements and other items to encourage economic development and growth.
The mayor’s vision for the town and items included in the budget were presented in a recent budget work session (see separate story).
Total Expenses for each department include: Admin. 540, $254,200; Admin. 550, $595,664; Main Street $85,000; Street, $404,887; Police, $1,031,047; Judge, $8293; SRO, $166,369; Parks & Recreation, $270,009; Hospitality, $230,000; Fire, $159,114.
Water Fund revenues and expenses amount to $1,017,000. Sewer Fund revenues and expenses amount to $1,156,250.
One time expenditures for operations and maintenance are budgeted at $600,00 and include: Packer, $140,000; Cans, $100,000; Tractor, $58,000; Flat Bed, $75,000; Dog Catcher Truck, $7000; Traps, $600; 3 Wheeler Recreation, $3,000; Golf Cart Recreation, $3000; Ball Fields $10,000. Total $546,500. Additional expenditures bringing the total to $600,000 will be presented.
Council tabled approval of a $17,000 proposed Sewer Master Plan with GMC. Murry Dodd of GMC, explained the proposal to Council.
Council approved first reading on an ordinances adopting Rental Housing Regulations and Defining and Prohibiting Squatting.
Council also approved first reading on an ordinance adopting Uniform Building and Construction Codes which are in agreement with Anderson County codes.
Council approved first reading on the 2017-18 budget. Mayor Mack Durham said council will hold two more work sessions before second reading is held.
Council then went into executive session to discuss employment matters, economic development and contractural matters. No additional details were provided on any of the topics.
After returning to open session, Council amended the agenda and unanimously approved the purchase of a new tractor for the street department at a cost of $48,450.

A second budget work session was held Thursday (May 18)