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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Budget shows several new projects for city

  • The City Waynesville approved an ordinance establishing a $17.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014.
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  • The City Waynesville approved an ordinance establishing a $17.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014.
    The budget was approved during Thursday's City Council meeting.
    According to City Administrator Bruce Harrill, costs from the August 2013 flood will impact the budget by approximately $385,000, including $40,000 for repairing Polla Road.
    In 2013, the City of Waynesville spent $880,000 on repairing infrastructure and facilities from the flash flood.
    Information in the budget shows that the city will be working on several ongoing projects this year including transportation, economic development and recreational improvements.
    "The budget includes over $1.1 in critical ongoing projects," Harrill said.
    The approved budget shows that $77,000 will be going to the city's Industrial Park project. The industrial park is on a 70-acre land plot located on the outer road between Hunter's Point and Buckhorn close to the West Gate entrance of Fort Leonard Wood. The city hopes to attract industrial, agricultural and commercial businesses with this project.
    The city budget indicates several new projects for the Waynesville City Park. The city plans to use $75,000 for the construction of a new shower house. In the city park, the city has budgeted $76,000 for the for the construction of a stage park. Another $20,000 will go toward the construction of new playground.
    The city budgeted $50,000 for paving a downtown parking lot, located by the post office.
    The city also has several upcoming projects to improve the Waynesville City Park. $75,000 will be allocated for the construction of a new shower house.
    The city has budgeted $76,000 for the construction of a park stage that will be used for community events.
    The budget states that $20,000 will go toward the construction of new playground.
    The budget also includes the construction of a new water tower that will cost approximately $555,000.
    The 2014 budget indicates that $20,000 in grant money to be used for Trail of Tears signage, and will contribute to the Pulaski County Growth Alliance.
    " I think this budget shows we have a lot of upcoming projects to look forward to in the upcoming fiscal year," Harrill said.
    The budget provides for one additional police officer and leasing new vehicles at an estimated $46,000.
    The police department also expects an estimated $55,000 from drug seizures.
    The municipal judge's salary will be raised to $12,000 next year.
    "We are thrilled to be doing so many projects and so many things for our city," Mayor Luge Hardman said.
    "Last year, we were all busy, and the flood kind of waylaid us for a little, and now we're back on track with several good projects coming up. "
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