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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.

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