Councilman Nick Rupert II, who heads the City of Wellston's Finance Committee, recently informed his fellow council members that work on the city's 2018 budget is nearly finished.
During the Thursday evening, Nov. 2 meeting of Wellston City Council, Rupert stated he hopes to have the budget ready to present to council for its first reading by the Thursday, Nov. 16 meeting. The second and third readings, he said, would then take place on Dec. 7 and 21, respectively.
Overall, Rupert said the city's finances seem to be in good shape.
"We're right on track," he said. "Everything is looking healthy and I think we'll move forward with good things to come in 2018."
Mayor Connie Pelletier gave many thanks to the Finance Committee for making the budget-building process over the past six years "the easiest in the world." She also thanked City Service Director Bill Shumate in that regard, and described him as someone who "lives and breathes the budget on a daily basis."
In other business
Councilman Tom Clark stated that following a meeting of the Northern Caucus, local solicitor Randy Dupree has officially been appointed to the position of City Law Director. Dupree had been filling that post since former longtime Law Director Shannon Weber resigned near the end of September to pursue another position with Atomic Credit Union.
Service Director Shumate informed council that his office is currently finishing up patching work on streets and alleys, and that the city is prepared for winter. He also stated representatives from FlexNet will address council during the Dec. 7 meeting regarding the possibility of installing a new water metering system for the city.
City Engineer Tim Wojdacz said the Minnesota Avenue water line project is going nicely and should be finished in the coming weeks.
Wellston Fire Chief Ryan Pelletier said his department is getting ready to start educating the public on winter safety tips, such as not filling kerosene heaters indoors. He also stated the fire department is in the beginning stages of its annual toy drive and welcomed any and all donations to that cause.