QUINCY -- After weeks of discussion regarding Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore's proposed budget, aldermen approved the plan on Monday night with little debate and no amendments.
After the meeting, Moore credited the "smooth passage" to a change his administration made in how the $35.2 million budget was presented to the aldermen.
"We tried to be a little bit more proactive this year by having our budget discussions beginning in January and then having twice-a-month updates to the City Council regarding different things, such as revenue projections, expenditures, or other major changes," Moore said. "We really have tried to make the budget discussion a whole year discussion rather than just focus on it during one month."
The budget includes spending increases for the Quincy Public Library and the police and fire departments.
The library will receive $35,000 in new funding this year.
The library's Executive Director Kathleen Helsabeck said the library will use this money to purchase new technology for the library and to address long-standing maintenance issues at the library's facility on Jersey Street.
The $12.8 million police department budget marks an increase of $47,645 over last year.
Quincy Police Chief Robert Copley previously told the council the items included in his budget were necessary expenditures this year, including purchase of three new squad cars, which total $90,000, and equipment for those cars, which totals $33,500. Also included in the budget was $40,000 for expenses related to moving into the new jail facility, $2,000 for replacement of a retiring canine officer, $7,000 for maintenance of the city's DigiTicket program and $35,200 for officer training.
The fire department budget of $10.3 million includes a $137,000 increase.
Included are the restoration of items cut from last year's budget and $22,000 for the partial replacement of the roof at Central Station. The roof over the garage at Central Station has been leaking for several years, Chief Joe Henning previously told the council.
In other business, the aldermen approved a $4,512 quote from Vonderhaar Masonry for tuck-pointing and waterproofing portions of the Quincy City Hall Annex building. The aldermen also approved a $299,834.50 bid from Diamond Construction Company for resurfacing portions of South 24th Street from Harrison to State.
The aldermen also approved the purchase of 500 new 96-gallon roll carts for residents who are enrolling in the city's roll-cart garbage program. These new carts will cost the city $22,375.
Officials say this is the second order the city has made from Cascade Engineering Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., to prepare for residents signing up for the roll-cart program.
Central Services Director Kevin McClean said 300 of the first order of 500 roll carts already are spoken for.
Aldermen also approved the purchase of a new van for the city's utilities department to use when conducting routine maintenance and repairs of the sanitary and storm sewer system. The van's $122,594 price tag included specialized equipment.