City of Dayton adopts 2014 preliminary budget

by megan hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


The Dayton City Council met Tuesday, Sept. 10, to approve the preliminary budget for 2014 tax levy, to discuss changes to the Sundance Woods preliminary plat, and to review the improvement bond pre-sale report. The total expenditures for the 2014 budget increased by 7.49 percent from $2,713,948 this year to $2,917,224 for 2014. The city’s total tax capacity based levy is $3,064,001 for the 2014 year.

Before the council business, Mayor Tim McNeil gave a proclamation declaring Sept. 21 as Plude Family Day in the city of Dayton. The Plude family supports the Dayton Historical Society, purchased the first Dayton school bus in 1934 and bussed children to school, raised more than 30 foster children, farmed land in the city and taught in the city’s public school. The Dayton Heritage Day committee has proclaimed Gladice and Carrol Plude as grand marshals for the 2013 Heritage Day Parade.

City council business included a presentation by Bruce Kimmel with Ehlers and Associates about the potential financing plan of the Sundance Woods public improvement project. The pre-sale report stated that the council will work with Ehlers and Associates to make a decision regarding the sale of the project bonds on Oct. 8.

Next, the council discussed the changes to the original Sundance Woods preliminary plat along with the developers agreement. The original project included a golf course which is no longer included in the current design. The latest piece to be added to the design is an active park for families and children as well as a non-active park for others to enjoy the scenery of the city. There is still discussion and a decision to be made to approve the changes as this is not the final design. The loss of the golf course portion caused a change to the plan involving the amount of lots that are built and the value of those homes. The council is working to weigh the cost benefits versus the burdens of this change.

The council also considered the approval of the contract with AT&T for a cellular antennae on the Dayton water tower. A cyclone or security fence was to be included in the contract but a fence around the water tower site was not deemed necessary.

The City of Dayton welcomed Vince Vandertop with Wenck Engineering as City Engineer. Wenck Engineering will be taking on the city’s new projects effective Sept. 12.


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