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10:30 p.m. No action in executive session. Meeting adjourned.
9:44 p.m. No action taken on the use of two engineers. The council is in executive session. They are slated to discuss personnel matters.
9:23 p.m. Hawkins is defending City Engineer Gordon Swift in regard to talks of conflict of interest. Currently the city has been using another engineering firm to review Swift's work. The council is expected to discuss whether or not the use of another engineering firm is needed.
9:20 p.m. Council authorizes Hawkins to authorize Petty to move forward with water piping in a new developmental area along Bankhead Highway.
9:01 p.m. The council has decided to take no action on changing the salaried pay period schedule.
8:51 p.m. The council is discussing changing city-employee pay periods to bi-weekly instead of every other week. Only two city-employees are under contract to the current pay period; Police Chief Brad Johnson and Public Works Director Lance Petty.
8:35 p.m. After a citizen presentation in regard to the directional signs along Stagecoach Trail, Hawkins said the situation will remain as is until construction is complete. Citizens have made several comments to the council to change the street back to a two-way direction during construction.
8:24 p.m. ParkFest may be cancelled. City Administrator Candy Scott said that the construction on Stagecoach Trail. The city is looking into the Brookshire's parking lot. If not the event is off.
8:23 p.m. Special council meeting comes to order.
8:04 p.m. Workshop adjourned.
7:58 p.m. The council is stuck on finding a firm forecast for sales tax revenues in 2010. The mayor told the council that they "should not let optimism get in the way of cold, hard reality."
7:40 p.m. Hawkins said he has "zero confidence" in a higher sales tax revenue for 2010. The mayor said he is comfortable with a $500,000 forecast, but not a forecast higher than $550,000-plus. The amount the city has earned thus far in 2009. Councilman Barry Brown said he thinks sales tax revenue will go up, but does not want to "count chickens before they hatch."
7:32 p.m. City Attorney Rider Scott is advising the council on a possible surcharge rate raise that in turn could help the city's fire department. Hawkins said the "Plan C" is to raise taxes.
7:26 p.m. Council members are reviewing periodic costs to estimate a balanced 2010 budget. Hawkins expressing concerns and lack of confidence in the possibility of a balanced budget.
7:19 p.m. Mayor Ken Hawkins has told the council that the city will be over budget in the next fiscal year--even with sales revenue--and is urging department heads to watch their spending closely.