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(Neb)-Council Gets Briefing On Possible Capital Expenditures  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/10/2018 09:02 AM
CHADRON - The Chadron City Council's first budget workshop is still 6 weeks away, but members got a preview of part of it Monday when City Manager Greg Yanker presented preliminary capital spending proposals for 7 departments covering both the coming year and the following several years.

   Yanker said the presentation was the result of several staff meetings with department heads and was intended to give the council a basic understanding of what will they'll be asked for at the budget workshop.

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Preliminary proposed capital spending is roughly $279,000 dollars - including $200,000 for a new crash truck for the fire department.

      The truck would cost about $300,000 with the rural fire district putting up $100,000 to go along with $100,000 from the city general fund and $100,000 from the city-administered ambulance fund.

      Other proposed capital projects in the next fiscal year include $15,000 for enhanced security at city hall and a paperless council packet distribution system as well as $35,000 for a new police cruiser.

     Yanker told the council he wants to set up a 5-year capital program to try to avoid unexpectedly large projects, such as having to replace a fire truck or all of the fire department's air packs at the same time.

      His long-range list topped a million dollars, primarily due to a new ladder truck estimated at $800,000 that would be put away in equal installments over 8 years. The current truck turns 25 in 2026 and can no longer be counted in determining fire insurance rates.

      Other large long-term projects include new computer servers for the city, building repairs and software upgrades for the library, and a new law enforcement records system to replace the current system which loses its tech support next year.

       Police Chief Tim Lordino says other Panhandle communities are also having to make the same type of change and are exploring possible ways or areas of cooperation on that project and others.

      Mayor John Coates had pushed for some type of early budget presentation and was very pleased with Yanker's approach.


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