The City Council in Atlantic will meet Wednesday evening at 5:30. During their session, they’re expected to act on setting June 26th as the date for a public hearing on amending the Cable TV committee budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The Cable TV committee is asking the Council to increase its adopted 2014 budget by $6,600 to cover the cost of a pay increase and benefits for Station Manager Mike McCullough and his assistant. The increase is on top of the $4,190 increase the committee adopted for their FY 2014 budget for the manager and assistant manager’s costs based on their current compensation.
The Cable TV committee has proposed changing both McCullough’s status and his assistant to “regular employee,” which means McCullough’s salary would increase from $19,500 per year to $23,318, including FICA, IPERs and Workers Comp. benefits. His assistant’s salary would be unchanged, but with added benefits, it would cost the City $1,476 more per year. City Administrator Doug Harris says the Committee proposes to draw down their fund balance to pay for the recurring personnel expense. They currently have about $30,000 in their fund balance, which was originally intended for future replacement of equipment.
In other business, the Atlantic City Council will act on approving resolutions pertaining to Sewer Revenue Bonds. One resolution calls for a bond purchase agreement in a principal amount not to exceed $7.055-million dollars, the other is with regard to the issuance of the bonds. The Council will also act on approving a proposed Bull Creek Bike Route and designation as a City Bike Route, connecting the Bull Creek Path off of Olive Street with the 2nd Street Bike Route which connects with Buck Creek Road.
The Council will also act on approving the second reading of an amendment to the City’s Code of Ordinances, which calls for an increase in the rate charge for Sewer Service. If approved on the 3rd and final reading, the monthly base fee for up to 3,000 gallons would increase $1.50 per month to $28.50. The fee for usage above 3,000 gallons would increase 30-cents per 1,000 gallons, to $5.80 per thousand. The increases are said to be needed to fund debt service and operating costs of the new wastewater treatment plant, and an increase in the annual utility billing costs passed along to the City by Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU).