The Pineville City Council held their regular meeting on Monday.
The budget was the main issue of discussion and the council went into closed session. Upon return they approved this year’s budget. The new budget is almost the same as last year’s, but with a few additions.
Added to this year’s budget was a new snow plow, a salt spreader and a $2,500 travel allowance for the mayors office. The city plans to increase funding for Main Street Pineville projects as well. The town will only have funding for seven police officers — instead of eight this year. No new taxes were added.
“There is no fat left in it,” said Mayor Scott Madon. “If we want to be aggressive and we want to move forward — we have to find some ways to generate money. We have added some cultural increases that haven’t been there in the past.”
In other business:
The special-called meeting last week with the Pineville Utility Commission about the failure of the wastewater treatment plant’s lagoon and the restoration progress was reviewed.
The commission asked the city for a resolution endorsing the restoration project. The city voted in favor of the resolution. Under this resolution they may seek loan assistance. The state is authorized to render financial assistance to eligible project applicants by way of the Infrastructure Revolving Fund (Fund B – State Revolving Loan Program). The estimated total cost of the project is $307,915.69.
Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan updated the council on Main Street’s strategic plan and asked the counsel to adopt the plan.
The main goals of the plan were:
Renovate downtown and other buildings in the community to provide attractive retail space, second floor apartment living and higher quality housing throughout Pineville;
Capture the tourism value of the natural and historic assets of the area;
Grow diverse job opportunities for all ages and skills;
Develop a diverse recreational and entertainment opportunities for persons of all ages and interests;
Strengthen bonds among different neighborhoods and age groups of Pineville — to insure all members of the community benefit from development efforts;
Encourage local philanthropy and establish a Pineville Community Fund.
More information is on Main Street Pineville’s Facebook page.
Madon previously formed a committee to study the parking problem downtown — the committee was asked to make recommendations concerning the issue.
“We are getting ready to introduce a business incentive program,” said Madon. “We are going to have to identify a few parking lots and free up some spots. I think we have to fix that problem before we can entice more businesses to our downtown.”
Council member Billy Robbins concurred and added, “When you have businesses wanting to come into the community and they don’t have places for their customers to park — they will go somewhere else.”
Progress with the hotel bill was confirmed. The state will be issuing a request for proposal — meaning construction could start in the near future.
Reach William Tribell at 606 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn