Vehicles, software replacement in budget
Aside from market adjustment pay increases, Northglenn’s 2014 proposed budget also includes funding for four new police vehicles, funding to directly mail the monthly newsletter and money for software upgrades. City staff presented highlights of the proposed budget to City Council during its Oct. 7 study session.
The budget includes $210,000 funding for four new police vehicles — two Chevy Tahoes and two Ford Tauruses.
“All the vehicles that are being replaced are 100,000 (miles) or plus by time we get them replaced,” said Police Chief James May.
The communications office is requesting an increase of $20,136 in its budget to directly mail the city’s monthly newsletter, Northglenn Connection, to residents rather than having it delivered.
“Using direct door-to-door delivery proved to be affordable but not effective,” according to a staff budget request. “Putting addresses on the Connection, as is done with the Rec Guide, was found to be very effective but costs $2,800 more per month due to increased postage cost and an increase in the number of newsletters mailed.”
The proposed budget also includes $13,400 for additional desktop computers and software upgrades, and $20,000 for network server replacements to support citywide technology operations.
“We have our computers and servers generally on a four-year replacement schedule, so it just ends up some years we have a few more to replace and some years we have less,” said Bob Lehr, information technology director.
The budget reflects the increased costs for Fourth of July fireworks and parking at $11,110 and $2,739, respectively. The increases are caused by the city opting to use proximate fireworks instead of traditional because of the new development, Webster Lake Promenade, happening northwest of E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park
“I think it’s important in our communications this year we get out to the residents and the community that we tell them the best place to see the show is at the park because they don’t shoot as high as traditional fireworks,” said Paula Jensen, management services director.
The budget also includes membership dues, grants and donations to: Arts & Humanities Foundation ($1 per capita), $35,955; Colorado Municipal League (CML), $18,768; Adams County Economic Development (ACED), $11,327; A-Lift Program, $8,150; Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), $6,600; Historic Preservation Foundation, $5,000; National League of Cities (NLC), $3,258; Metro Mayors Caucus Civic Results, $2,755; Adams County Youth Initiative, $2,500; Regional Air Quality, $2,000; Metro North Chamber of Commerce, $2,000; North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA), $2,000; Safe Street Halloween, $2,000; Metro Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards, $750; Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo, $500; and Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC), $210.
A public hearing on the proposed budget is tentatively set for Nov. 11, with a final vote by council possibly during its Dec. 9 meeting.