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June 6, 2014

Public hearing on proposed budget set



Thomas said the budget focuses on investing in long range strategic goals outlined in the “Claremore 2020 Strategic Plan.”
The major infrastructure and capital projects include:
•Country Club/SH 20 Connection, $2.8 million
•Substation #5 Claremore Plaza, $1 million
•Fire Administration/Senior Citizen Center, $700,000
•Completion of Water Design Facility, $600,000
•Sanitation Sideloader, $270,000
•Recreation Center new tile pool, $245,000
In addition, Thomas said, “The city administration will invest in major programs which will allow for greater efficiency and cost effectiveness when fully implemented in the year ahead.”
For example, the police department will be rolling out computer aided dispatch (CAD) technology, which will give management tools and information to assess the community’s needs and ensure accountability with law enforcement personnel.
“The electric and water departments are still working through the implementation of the ‘smart grid’ system, which will allow for accurate accounting of electric and water usage with our customers,” Thomas said. “We will also begin to address the ever-present challenges of blinks and power outages caused by weather, rodents of unusual size, and outdated equipment.”
To help with the transition and implementation of the smart grid technology, the electric department will fill two new positions in the coming fiscal year. One mechanic and one sanitation worker will also be hired. 
A copy of the proposed budget is available at the City Clerk’s office. The public hearing will be at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers in City Hall. The council will vote to approve or reject the budget either following the hearing or at the next regular meeting on June 16.

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