Evarts City Council approved first reading of the budget for the next fiscal year during a meeting on Tuesday.
Before the first reading, the panel discussed the city’s financial standing.
Councilman Clark Cusik asked the city’s bookkeeper, certified public accountant Troy Gaw, for a general assessment of the city’s financial picture.
“To answer your question, the city’s in good shape,” said Gaw.
Gaw informed council that over the last year the amount of cash in the city’s general fund has increased by approximately $22,000 despite revenue going down $32,000.
The council also discussed declaring a 1978 Ford F600 tanker truck to be surplus.
“If you guys remember, we got a new tanker from the Department of Military Affairs,” said Mayor Eddie Manning. “Cledo (Powers, Fire Chief) was wanting to know if we could surplus this old tanker so he can use that money to paint the new tanker.
Manning reminded council one of the stipulations for receiving the new tanker was that it be painted.
“What he’s wanting to do is instead of us spending money painting it, he’s wanting to surplus this broke down tanker out here, get what he can out of it, and then take that money and put it toward painting the new tanker,” said Manning.
According to Manning, the old tanker has engine problems and has already been taken off the city’s insurance policy.
The council approved declaring the vehicle surplus.
Evarts Police Chief Lupe Blas mentioned an issue with the city’s curfew siren located close to the South Evarts RV Park.
“The problem I see is that is a campsite, and I can just imagine what their (the campers) ears feel like when that thing goes off,” said Blas. “I wonder if they leave the next day because of it… I think it may be causing some of those people not to come back.”
Manning said the siren was placed where it is so residents of Middleton Addition could hear it.
Blas asked if there was a way to lower the volume.
“Let us research it and see,” said Manning. “We want to make sure that siren gets out to Middleton…that was the whole purpose for getting it.”
In other activity the council:
* Approved naming a bridge on KY 38 near Save-A-Lot the Gillis Gilbert Memorial Bridge;
* Discussed a 10 p.m. curfew for fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde