The Marlow City Council and Municipal Authority met Tuesday, June 23 for a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget.
Jason McPherson, City Administrator, presented the budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.
“The use of restricted funds will allow council the opportunity to consider projects and purchases in the coming fiscal year,” McPherson said. “The operational budgets will be tight based on projections of the fallout of the pandemic. Still, there will be little to no loss in service to the citizens. The employees of the city of Marlow continue to find ways to excel in tough economic times.”
The general fund (city) budget allowed the city for $2,159,120 with a 2.4% increase from fiscal year 2020 budget due mainly to employee expenses.
The Marlow Municipal budget saw a 9.7% decrease from fiscal year 2020 due to cuts in operational expenses, leaving the (Utility) budget set at $6,117,310.
Marlow’s approved planned projects for 2021 include the renovation of a cemetery office building, electronic mapping for the cemetery, the second phase of eight of the transmission pole replacement project, the street patching project schedule for spring 2021, water pressure meters for automated metering system (water leak detection) and a $25,000 budget dedicated to the removal of dilapidated structures.
In the major planned purchases for Marlow for 2021, the council approved a mower for the cemetery, two finished mowers for the streets department, computers for the public safety building, five sets of bunker gear for the fire department, a pick-up for the electric department and water department and one police unit.
In other news, the council:
• Chose to table the appointing of a commissioner to the Planning and Zoning Commission for an unexpired term through May 2021 until the next meeting.
• Took action to declare vehicles as surplus and put them up for auction.
• Approved the items set to be renewed, including lease-purchase agreements on vehicles and the purchase and lease agreement for another vehicle.
• Approved change order #1 for WW Builders for replacement of an existing southern canopy for the east entrance of the Police-Fire building for the amount of $1,350.
• Purchased 10 computers from Industry Systems for the Police-Fire building, not exceeding $15,000 with funds from the Capital Improvement Fund for fiscal year 2020-2021.
• Approved to engage Angel, Johnson, Blasingame, P.C. for audit of fiscal year 2020-2021.
• Approved the revision of the 2020 personnel policies and procedures manual.
The next meeting of the Marlow Council is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 28.