Roswell Council approves mid-year budget amendment



ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell City Council unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2018 mid-year budget amendment Monday night.

Although the amendment included several adjustment to both the operating and capital budgets, one of the most discussed items focused on the Roswell River Parks Masterplan.

Councilmember Nancy Diamond initially requested a $500,000 amendment from the unfunded capital requests be set aside for schematic design for the masterplan. But other council members did not want the funds to be used solely for schematics.

“I support the parks and river, but I don’t think we should spend $500,000 on schematics,” Mayor Jere Wood said. “It’s a lot of money for design work on a project we don’t have funding for.”

Wood added that he supported the new, incoming council to take a hard look at the plans before making a decision.

Councilman Marcelo Zapata said he agreed with the mayor, for once, that there needed to be more discussion before spending half a million dollars on a project.

Diamond responded that the river plan is “an opportunity we can’t afford to waste” and said she was concerned that the plan would get shelved if money was not set aside.

Councilman Mike Palermo amended the motion to set aside $500,000 earmarked for the River Parks Masterplan, without specifying it go solely for schematics. The new amendment was unanimously approved.

The other general fund requests totaled $1,442,000 out of a total estimated available funding of $2,406,000 from fund balance over reserve and surplus revenue. Requests included a one-time citywide compensation for employees, both full and part time, that would total $977,000 and $28,000 in repairs for Fire Station No. 5.

Capital requests included $250,000 for design of Sun Valley Phase II, $61,000 for portable radio maintenance and $65,000 for the purchase of a new river rescue boat.

In other action, the council also unanimously approved a $178,000 contract with Environmental Products of Georgia to purchase replacement Closed Circuit Television Pipeline camera equipment and a van. The current equipment is over 10 years old.

The council also unanimously voted to sign a contract not to exceed $452,000 for Phase III of the Old Mill Park Trail Extension Project.

Likewise, the council unanimously passed an intergovernmental agreement with Alpharetta for a construction project along the Roswell portion of Rucker Road.

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