Williamston approves $3.28 million budget

Williamston Town Council approved second reading on their 2019-20 budget. General Fund Revenues are $3,280,225, up from $3,006,490 last year, reflecting the addition of a resource officer and armory lease. General Fund expenses amount to $3,280,255.
Budget highlights, according to Mayor Mack Durham include one time funding for department requests. Durham said a great deal of work was done with department heads to bring their needs to council.
One time department requests approved in the budget include: Money for Paving $200,000; Admin – Computer needs $3,000; Street Dept. signs $10,000; P&R Dept. – Mowers $11,800; Security cameras $2,500; Council Chambers $1,500. Total one time funding from the General Fund amounts to $228,800.
The budget also includes funding for a paid position at the fire department and a raise for public works employees, Mayor Durham said.
Council also approved second reading on revisions to the International Property Maintenance Code. The amendment includes a requirement for plant and vegetation on undeveloped property to be subject to a 40 foot setback from public rights of way and lot easements. Also only one unlicensed uncovered vehicle that is going through a major overhaul will be allowed on a property.
First reading on an ordinance to provide for the appointment and duties of the Town Attorney was tabled.
Council approved first reading on an ordinance deleting references to manufactured housing. Town Attorney Lee Cole said the change is needed to “clean up” the town’s codes because “nowhere in town is there a zone for the items being deleted.”