Editor’s Note: Last week’s Fishers Town Council meeting was abnormally short. This council meeting was incredibly short and had very few items, with a 2013 budget presentation from Town Manager Scott Fadness and councilor comments taking up the majority of the meeting.
What happened: Resolution R100112 was passed in the consent agenda
What it means: The Fishers Town Council needed to approve a funds transfer in order to pay for various expenses. According to the resolution form, the total transfer was $171,315. Items in the funds transfer included $125,000 to pay for the project taking place in the Hamilton East Public Library, $10,815 for a copier, $5,000 for training expenses, $15,000 for recreation programs and $15,000 “to correct budget negative balances.”
What happened: An amendment to special event policy passed in the consent agenda
What it means: There is town codes and a Special Events Policy that oversees “special events on public properties,” according to a council action form from Deputy Town Manager Nathan George. In the past, groups, such as the Fishers Art Council, made requests from the town to have alcohol at events after being reviewed by the Town staff, according to the form. By approving this amendment, the town council set the process so alcohol at events is approved once reviewed by Special Event Permit Process/Committee as per Town staff.
What happened: A public hearing on the 2013 Municipal Budget was held
What it means: At the next Fishers Town Council meeting, the Fishers Town Council may approve next year’s budget. Town Manager Scott Fadness said in the budget presentation that Fishers is in “strong fiscal health.” Fadness said general reserves are up, and Fishers has the lowest expenditures per capita of Carmel, Noblesville and Westfield. He went on to say that Fishers has the lowest amount of employees per 1,000 residents at 4.91. Fadness outlined three overall objectives for the 2013 budget, including “efficient and effective delivery of services, increased community development” and “strong and diverse economic development.” Various construction projects were highlighted, as well as additions in the public safety sector, such as the hiring of three new police officers. The total budget of $73,787,719 calls for an operating budget of $54,855,885, a capital budget of $8,185,204 and debt service budget of $10,746,630.