of the October 2005 meeting were approved.
University & Community Relations
next committee meeting will be
committee has a meeting scheduled with Nick DiLello to discuss and follow up on
cases that have been problematic. The
committee is trying to get the city to enforce the laws.
The Committee will present a report of progress made since last year at
the Neighborhood Works program on December 3.
Neighborhoods Work IV program will be held from
chairman of the Mayor’s committee, Councilman Dave Torncello, resigned at the
last meeting. However, he has
challenged the CANA Cable Committee and the League of Women Voters to create an
entity to secure funding to set up a television studio.
Capital Cablevision is presently under contract to give 5 percent of its
revenue to the City of
Nitido presented an overview of the proposed 2006 City budget.
The council must act on the budget before the last day of November.
budget includes proposed increases in spending for health care, salaries, gas
and fuel expenses and debt service. Due
to the high cost of health care for employees and retirees, bonding will be
sought for operating expenses. $2.5
million from the fund balance will also be used.
the City’s favor, finances are better than most comparable cities;
have been rapid cost increases since 2000 in the areas of health insurance,
pensions, and salaries.
sources of revenue in 2006 include $23.5 million in 19A payments from the State.
Those payments decrease annually by approximately $700 thousand.
City faces significant challenges in maintaining an acceptable level of services
while minimizing tax increases. To
Nitido addressed the following issues raised by
The City’s most recent 10-year contract with Time Warner Cable was meant
to provide the city with 5 percent of all Time Warner’s revenue from
residences in the City. However,
Federal regulations have interpreted the contract to mean the City would profit
from television cable services only. Although
the contract expired quite a while ago, Time Warner continues to remit funds to
$800,000 above the budgeted amount for overtime in 2005 has been expended.
In 2005 the
Use of methane at the landfill is being discussed.
Potential property tax revenues when the Harriman Campus is converted from
State offices to a technology park have not yet been established.
Potential new revenue sources for the City include imposing a surcharge on
individuals who work in
The Town of
2006 will be the 30th anniversary of
The Long Stair:
From Sheirdan Hollow to Capitol Hill
by Kirby White is presently available at the Bookhouse in
meeting adjourned at