SHERIDAN — In preparation for fiscal year 2020, Sheridan City Administrator Mark Collins said the city has around $227,000 in excess of a balanced budget to work with for implementing special projects.
“We balanced your budget, and yet we’ve got $227,000 at your disposal and at your discretion, “ Collins said. “…I don’t know the last time the city of Sheridan as a community had a little money in its back pocket.”
Some large-ticket items that may cause “sticker shock” for mayor and council members include an update in the 20-year-old citywide software to a new system costing around $835,000 or upward of $1 million.
While the overhead seems expensive at the onset, city staff commented that it would streamline software between departments and save significant time and effort for accounting and human resources staff.
The landfill also remains a large-ticket item for the city. City Utilities Director Dan Roberts said $175,000 has been allocated for the completion of design for the landfill’s lifetime permit. Roberts said the landfill will see added costs for a lifetime permit and additional costs for closing old and creating new cells under the solid waste division budget.
The water division budget will see a decrease of $18,500 for the removal of fluoride treatments to the water.
Fee increases will be reflected in July of this year and January 1, 2020. Water rates will increase by 2.5 percent and sewer rates will increase by 2.75 percent, both coming into effect Jan. 1, 2020. For the solid waste division, tipping fees and sanitation/recycling fees will both increase by 2.95 percent starting July 1.
Municipal court and Sheridan Police Department will share the cost of a new e-citation software that will allow those being ticketed to place their driver’s license in a machine that will print out their citation. SPD also pays $24,000 into the Safe Rides program, with liquor license holders paying the other 50 percent of the budget to ensure those imbibing return home safely.
Large capital projects remain on the budget for the upcoming year. Black Tooth Park improvements include around $2.4 million to finish up in the area. Pathway design and construction would include one bridge and continued paving in North Park for around $350,000, which could also be aided by potential incoming grant funds. East Fifth Street corridor improvements including an entryway sign, sidewalks and early train warning system cost upward of $1.9 million with an additional $300,000 for design. A public meeting will be held June 4 to receive public input. City street resurfacing is slated for around $1.024 million for FY20.
The public works department discussed uses of the C&C building. Councilor Patrick Henderson suggested opening the building up for public restroom use, and Mayor Roger Miller suggested moving the summer farmers market to that location. It is currently being utilized for parking and City Public Works Director Lane Thompson said the building is solid but no other part other than the skeletal structure is ready for use at this time.
City staff, mayor and council discussed the potential of incorporating Sheridan Recreation District into the parks department to make it a city entity rather than its own entity.
In addition, the group discussed the potential of also incorporating the Sheridan Arts Council into a city department, rather than having it be an entity that stands on its own. The potential of acquiring SRD would be a costly and lengthy matter, Collins said, but staff will look into it this year.
The city acquired more of North Main and citywide finances reflect those changes. The streets division budgeted $30,000 to replace and upgrade Christmas lights to include North Main. Additional machinery and costs associated with snow removal for the winter months were reflected in budgets, as North Main Street up to the Interstate 90 interchange is now the responsibility of the city.
Sheridan Fire-Rescue budgeted $90,000 in contingency funds to install an OSHA-regulated exhaust removal system at the fire hall. SFR Chief Gary Harnish said the department is waiting to hear back about a FEMA grant for those improvements. In fiscal year 2023, the department will need to replace the aerial ladder truck, which will cost from $1 million to $1.4 million.
Fiscal year 2019 for the city of Sheridan will end June 30, 2019.