Hanceville City Council approves amendments to FY 2024 budget

The Hanceville City Council discussed budget cuts at its Nov. 30, 2023, meeting. (Cayla Grace Murphy)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – At its regular council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30, the Hanceville City Council examined and approved amendments to its previously approved budget for fiscal year 2024. The cuts and additions totaled to a net income of $153,670 back into the City’s budget.

“So, if you look down there at the net income, we’ll be adding $153,670 back to the budget, which makes the budget much better,” said Mayor Kenneth Nail, maintaining that while the items cut were necessary to their specific departments, adjustments needed to be made to ensure flexibility of the City’s financial status, and grants can be applied for to make up the difference.

“Every bit of it is needed, I’ll be honest with you,” he said. “We just don’t like being as tight as we were; we needed to cut some things.”

Approved budget amendments:

  • Adding a combined $30,000 donation for the ATRIP II Goodwyn Mills Cawood project – the donation comprises $10,000 from Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman; $10,000 from Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview; and $10,000 from Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good Hope
  • Adding $20,000 to fund a study for the ATRIP II Goodwyn Mills Cawood project; the addition was approved at the council’s Oct. 26 meeting.
  • Subtracting $12,817 for a dump truck loan; the council approved this decision at its Oct. 12 meeting
  • Subtracting $4,500 for brush dumping; the council approved the purchase of a property on which to dump brush but will no longer need to pay to dump brush; the council approved this at its Oct. 26 meeting
  • Adding $11,371 for a fire alarm system; the addition was approved at the council’s Oct. 12 meeting
  • Adding a $10,000 grant from Alabama 911 Board; this was discussed at the council’s Oct. 26 meeting
  • Adding $10,000 for Hanceville Police Dispatch renovation project
  • Adding $4,000 for miscellaneous finishes in the Hanceville Jail renovation project
  • Subtracting $3,600 health insurance stipend
  • Subtracting $15,972 for a tractor
  • Subtracting $10,000 for a truck
  • Subtracting $100,000 for paving

In other council business:

  • The council motioned to assemble a packet of pavement projects to apply for a $200,000 no-match grant in January to make up for the $100,000 deletion from the paving budget
  • The council approved a motion to pay a lease invoice for Alabama Power Flock System for two years with grant funds; the camera system located at major intersections in Hanceville will scan license plates and make/model of vehicles to assist in situations like Amber Alerts, hit and run profiles, etc.
  • Subtracted AirMedCare employee membership agreement
  • The council approved its typical annual donation of $100 to Cullman County People Against a Littered State
  • A public hearing was set for Dec. 28, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. concerning a recommendation from the planning commission to rezone a property locally known as the Gannon property to allow the construction of a duplex
  • Teresa Cooper was appointed to Hanceville’s Historical Preservation Committee

The next regular Hanceville City Council meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. Work session begins at 5 p.m. with meeting called to order at 5:30. The public is invited to attend.

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