safety in the event of a gas-based emergency.
White also proposed augmenting the police force with part-time officers to help cut down overtime, similar to the approach already taken by the fire department. White stated that new Public Safety Director Tom Fox has already been instrumental in bringing the budget back in line.
The other largest cut comes from the other financing uses area of the report, which is down approximately $400,000. White said that the funds had originally been allocated to build sidewalks, which were instead being covered by a grant.
Water and sewer costs are projected to increase by 25 percent for water and 15 percent for sewer. The natural gas budget has decreased by 24 percent, which according to White is due to the price of gas decreasing.
A few areas of the budget received extra funding, including Transportation and Better Hometown, whose funds were significantly slashed for 20092010. White stated this was due to the increased presence of the organization and the leadership of Better Hometown director Mike Miller.
The council will have its final vote on the budget during the regularly scheduled July council meeting. The meeting will be held Thursday, July 22, due to a special election using the meeting space on July 20, the previously announced date for the meeting.
Other items on the council agenda follow.
• The planning and zoning ordinances were updated to state that any applicant applying for a conditional use permit must be up-to-date on all taxes and fees before any such request would be heard. Also, the notification time was upped from 21 days to 30 days.
• A provisional beer and wine pouring license was granted to Buckeyes Grill contingent on the last necessary form arriving.
The Concerned Citizens of Social Circle have organized a political forum for candidates on both sides of the political spectrum for Senate District 17 and House District 111 to speak on Thursday, June 24.
Candidates will be given two minutes to introduce themselves, and will then answer a few questions asked by a moderator. They will then have another two minutes to summarize and conclude. The event will be moderated by T. Pat Cavanaugh, general manager of The Covington News.
The event will be held at Social Circle First Baptist Church on June 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 195 North Cherokee Road. For more information, call Bob Hapner at (770) 464-9376.