City Council meeting Monday

Published 9:54 pm Saturday, June 7, 2014

Washington City Council will meet for the first city council meeting since May 12, when the new city budget was passed, 5-0.

At Monday’s meeting, city officials are scheduled to announce the final cost of damage from the April 25 tornado. The only damage the city sustained was to electric lines and poles, the cost of which is $129,986.

“The money comes out of the electric fund balance,” said Brian Alligood, Washington’s city manager. “That’s why you maintain a fund balance, but some folks will say to you why do you have a fund balance? It’s for emergencies and things like that that come up and make sure you have money available.”

The electric fund balance for 2013-2014 fiscal year is an estimated $3.5 million.

“Three and a half million dollars may sound like a lot of money, but when you start purchasing electrical items like $1 million substations, you can go through it in a heartbeat, it’s expensive stuff,” Alligood said.

Washington also had some additional grant funding become available through the state from the Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging. The city will give an additional $15,000 to the Grace Harwell Senior Center in Washington.

“The grant is going to be used to promote senior health and general operations,” Alligood said.

City officials also plan to surplus one of their older police cruisers, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with 93,101 miles on it. The city puts vehicles up for auction because of age and the cost of the keeping them running, according to Alligood. The vehicle will be placed on the electronic auction site

“There are a lot of local governments that use the site,” Alligood said.

Washington High School girls’ soccer team will be recognized Monday night. The Pam Pack was the NCHSAA 2-A State runner-up last weekend, falling 2-0 to West Stokes.

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