City council adopts $18,846,843 budget
At Thursday’s regular meeting, Williams City Council adopted an operating budget of $18,846,843 and estimated tax levy for fiscal year 2000-01 up from $16,988,901 for 1999-2000. Joe Duffy, city finance director and assistant city manager, said for the third year in a row city property tax rates should go down — 1.4226 for 2000-01 down from 1.4935 for 1999-2000.
City council also approved:
• Three land lease agreements for digital communication towers in town. Two of the towers will be leased by Texas Telecommunica-tions Lubbock, Texas at a rate of $920 per month per tower for five years. These 80-foot towers will resemble flagpoles since all the digital equipment is enclosed. One will be located on the west side of town between the Williams welcome sign and the motor vehicle division building. The other will be located on the east entrance to town just west of where the road divides into Route 66 and Railroad Avenue.
The third tower will be leased by American Tower of Point Rich-mond, Calif., at a one-time upfront fee of $150,000 for a 30-year lease. It will be erected near Williams treatment ponds and will stand 250 feet tall.
Bill Hagen, representing KOLT, Cool and Eagle radio stations in Flagstaff, said his company has entered a purchase agreement with Joe Hart for KYET AM radio station in Williams and asked that the decision on the digital towers be delayed to allow him to research a way to make the radio tower, located near the city shop on the rodeo grounds, compatible with the digital towers. Digital towers, placed within 1.5 miles of the AM tower create interference.
Brian Becker, representing Texas Telecom, said the company was under severe time constraints and it was not likely to allow Hagen the four to six weeks he estimated he needed to find out if there is a way to solve the radio tower’s incompatibility with the digital towers.
Dalbeck said the city has been in negotiations with Hart for several months over the radio tower regarding proof of liability insurance and lease payment. Hagen said KOLT Radio has been negotiating with Hart regarding the sale for more than a year.
Pat Carpenter, city councilman, made a motion to accept the leases for all three digital towers. His motion was seconded and passed 5 to 2. Councilmembers Don Dent and Barnes voted no on the leases.
• An ordinance allowing city employees to transfer accumulated sick leave and personal leave to other city employees.
Eleanor Addison, city clerk, said short term disability for up to six months has always been cost prohibitive so the city does not carry it.
Dalbeck said the transfer of accumulated leave would be a voluntary donation to employees with a serious illness.
• Approved a new financial agreement with Margrave Celmins. P.C. of Scottsdale which provides legal services for the city. Under the new agreement, the hourly rate remains $100 but an additional $50 per trip will be added to cover travel.
• Approved $2,147 per month to John Alden Life Insurance Co. offered through Met Life in Flagstaff to cover city councilmembers. Individual councilmembers will pick up a portion of dependent coverage.
• Approved $3,726 per year to VFIS program through AJS insurance of Lake Havasu City to cover accident and sickness insurance for firefighters.
• Approved an extension of the financial assurance agreement for Highland Meadows subdivision from March 2000 to October 2001.
All seven councilmembers were present at the meeting.
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