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Kinmundy Board of Alderman to forego pay to help fund full-time police officer

Kinmundy Board of Alderman to forego pay to help fund full-time police officer

Kinmundy Library Board member Elecia Cooper addresses the city council on the status of library funding at Thursday night’s Kinmundy Board of Alderman meeting.

The Kinmundy Board of Alderman has decided to go without pay in the coming year to help pay for the cost of hiring a full-time police officer.

The board Thursday night was viewing other potential cuts, but no decisions were made. Among the ideas being considered is reducing assistance to the library and cutting utility costs.

A member of the library board Elecia Cooper expressed concern about cuts to the library, especially if they went below $5,300 which is the funding level required to remain a member of the Heartland Library System. She asked about the possibility of adding a small property tax levy to support the library and keep their affiliation if the cuts were made.

Mayor Jane Middleton said they would try not to cut their contribution below $5,300, but noted all the final decisions were up to the board as a whole. A decision on any cuts is expected next month when the appropriation ordinance will come up for a vote.

The board agreed to fix up the toilets and lavatories in the park bathrooms and stop current leaks.

Rhutassel and Associate Engineers were approved to complete the yearly inspection of the dam.

The board was told city streets would be oiled and chipped on July 19th. Destiny Miller was appointed to the library board.