The city council approved the $110.9 million budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 at Monday’s meeting.
Financial Director Jim Corbett said it was about 2 percent larger than the last year. After the meeting he said no city employees would be laid off or take furlough days.
The final plat of The Willows Surgical center at Southwest 34th Street and Telephone Road was approved. City manager Steve Eddy said the center would employ about 125 people.
Council members approved a budget supplement for the general fund in the amount of $732,000. Corbett said some of the reason for the request was rising fuel costs and that other departments may need supplements. Also some will be used to repair streets in the Wyndemere Addition and that money would be paid back by the property owners.
The Nottingham’s Resident Council will receive $8,000 in CDBG funds to provide a Saturday daycare program for about 20 of its residents.
Community Director Elizabeth Jones said the funding was all CDBG funds with no matching money needed by the city.
Eddy introduced the Moore Public Library Branch Manager Sheila Crosby. Crosby was the children’s director at Moore. She replaced Tera McAmis who is now branch manager at Del City.
“She has big shoes to fill but we’re confidant she can do it,” Eddy said.
Felix J. Aquino, with the Alliance for Public Transportation spoke to the council on public transit for Moore. He thanked the council for the nonemergency medical van and asked for support in a commuter rail plan to connect Moore with Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Norman and Oklahoma City.
Aquino said 80 percent of the money would be federal funds and Moore’s share would “probably be under $18,000 per year.”
Eddy said the city had already agreed to the plan.
Aquino also asked for more focus on the bus stop near Northwest 27th Street and Santa Fe Avenue.
Eddy also congratulated Schlotzsky’s for being the new business of the week. Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon opened June 3.
A committee to look into the noise ordinance met last week and a public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at City Hall.
He also said the demolition of the old fire station and police station on Main Street should start at the end of the month or sometime in July. He also said the Fifth Street bond project was underway and that about half of Fifth Street was torn up.
The letting of bids by the state highway department didn’t happen, Eddy said, and the street striping and LED signal lights would be pushed back.