DeKalb officials to discuss budget, city manager this week

December 3, 2018

DeKALB – With a special City Council meeting, joint budget meeting between the council and Finance Advisory Committee and Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the city has a busy week ahead.

All meetings will be in the council chambers on the second floor of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 400 S. Fourth St.

Back to the budget

The City Council and Finance Advisory Committee will meet for a second time at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to review and discuss the proposed fiscal 2019 budget.

Officials first met Nov. 20, at which time interim City Manager Raymond Munch announced that city staff had discovered a previously unrealized $1.8 million budget gap, which would affect the fiscal 2019 budget on top of what already was known to be a

$1.6 million gap.

The latter already has been addressed by a number of budget balancing measures in meetings of both the council and committee. The meeting agenda packet includes a breakdown of proposed budget balancing measures for both the old deficit and the new additional deficit.

During the Nov. 20 meeting, officials requested additional budget meetings be planned before a decision is made, or before a budget vote is scheduled.

Munch said Friday that he anticipates a public hearing and first reading vote for the budget during the City Council’s regularly scheduled Dec. 10 meeting.

A second reading to vote on the budget is planned for Dec. 18.

Website, ordinance amendment

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Wednesday

to discuss a website redesign and miscellaneous text amendments to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance.

City manager plans

The City Council also will meet Thursday in a closed executive session for full-day interviews, Munch said Friday.

Officials selected the top six city manager candidates Nov. 16 after a closed session, and they have not yet disclosed any identifying information about the candidates.

“We’re trying to be very respectful that some of these people are still employed,” Munch said.

He anticipates the final candidate will be selected in another closed executive session planned Dec. 18.

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