On Monday Feb. 6, the Town Council convened for their second meeting of 2017. The first resolution on the agenda was the consideration of a $13.5 million Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2017-18. This resolution was brought back to the Council floor due to a procedural issue at the January Town Council meeting, where the minimum votes required to pass the voted on motion and resolution were not achieved.
Knowing this particular resolution would return on February’s Agenda the Town Council Republicans, through the efforts of the Republican lead Town Council Finance Committee, made intelligent use of this time by circling back to various department heads to further scrutinize the CIP and solidify a conservative proposal which would allow the departments to address their most immediate needs, while deferring succeeding phases and items to a more appropriate time. As a result, the Town Council Republicans brought forth a motion to reduce the original requested amount of $13.5 million to $10.21 million, a $3.29 million reduction.