Jasper City Council members voted Tuesday to approve a budget for the new fiscal year.
In the new fiscal year which begins October 1, city leaders are projecting revenue to reach near $26 million — almost $3 million ahead of figures from Fiscal 2016.
“One of the things I’m most excited about is that this budget indicates, if things go well in Fiscal 2021, our reserves will reach near $10 million,”O’Mary said when the proposed budget was introduced at the council’s Sept. 1 meeting. “We have to be pleased about that.”
On Tuesday, council members voted unanimously to approve the proposed budget.
O’Mary thanked council members for their vote.
“I believe it’s a good budget. I believe its doable, barring anything unforeseen,” he said.
O’Mary said he’s most pleased about the new budget because it “provides for our people,” referring to the city’s almost 200 employees.
“Taking care of our people is the right thing to do,” he said. “I believe our morale is at an all-time high.”
“We enter this fiscal year better prepared than we ever have been to do good things in this city,” O’Mary added. “As we move forward in this new year, I’m going to make a commitment — and I hope we all do — to have ‘big picture’ thinking. Understanding the big picture so we can make good decisions is what we should always do. If we do that, we’ll do the kind of job that we should do.”
O’Mary pledged — and asked council members to also pledge — to “give the city our best because the people of this city deserve the best.”
In other business, council members:
•presented a proclamation recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the city.
O’Mary presented the proclamation to representatives of Walker County Hands of Hope.
The proclamation read, in part, that “national Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.”
Pink ribbons will be placed around town as a way to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness in the city.
In 2011, a luncheon was held to honor cancer survivors in the county. It’s held each year in December, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
“These ladies do a tremendous job said in helping with awareness and support of breast cancer,” O’Mary said. “It’s always an honor for me to have an opportunity to share this proclamation.”
More information can be found at the group’s Facebook page at Walker County Hands of Hope.
•approved $25,000 in funding for a sidewalk along Corona Avenue.
“I’m pleased that this area is having a lot of development,” O’Mary said. “It’s long been needed.”
•introduced an amendment to the city’s budget to cover the $25,000 for the Corona Avenue sidewalk project, as well as several other items.
•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to enter into an agreement with First United Methodist Church related to providing an accessible sidewalk.
“They’ve tolerated a lot of our work and have been kind about it,” O’Mary said.
•approved travel for council member Jennifer Williams Smith to attend an Alabama League of Municipalities committee meeting October 7-8.
•approved a request to replace gym flooring at the Percy Goode Community Center.
•heard a report from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom on purchasing an animal transport van for the city’s animal shelter.
•adopted a resolution to place several properties under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.
•adopted an ordinance to annex property at 2300 Tommy Robinson Road.
•adopted an ordinance to place a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 16th Street.