Pool maintenance and repairs highlight 2024-2025 Trenton Park Board budget plans

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The Trenton Park Board approved the 2024-2025 Park Department budget on April 3, which will take effect on May 1.

The budget outlines total anticipated expenditures of $714,442.09 and total expected revenues of $595,900, resulting in a projected deficit of $118,542.09.

Anticipated expenditures for the 2024-2025 fiscal year have increased by $98,765.29 compared to the current park budget, while expected revenues have risen by $51,000.

Park Board President Curtis Crawford reported that the Park Board had budgeted for a deficit for the current year. However, as of the end of March, the Park Department was $11,163.31 ahead of projections.

He highlighted that the Park Department had been underspending for several years in anticipation of significant pool repairs, including concrete repairs and painting. These repairs are budgeted at $120,000 for the upcoming year, with Bazan Painting Company of Saint Louis contracted for the work at $118,630 in February.

Other projected expenses include $107,000 for labor, an increase of $17,000 from the current budget. The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) contributions are budgeted at $9,868.50, up by $1,300.50. Contributions to the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) are set at $12,126, marking an increase of $1,598.

Crawford also mentioned the city’s efforts to create a salary table for city employees to enhance transparency and efficiency.

Capital expenditures are anticipated to be $125,000, up $81,300 from the current budget. Utilities are budgeted at $29,000, an increase of $2,000, and summer ball expenses at $6,500, up by $2,000.

Maintenance building costs are budgeted at $1,000, increased by $500, and $2,000 is allocated for tree and bench memorials.

Unlike the current budget, which included $17,114 for the walking trail, the 2024-2025 budget does not project any expenses for the walking trail.

Pool expenses for 2024-2025 are budgeted at $297,302.59, an increase of $8,130.79 from the current budget. This includes $65,000 for part-time wages, $22,000 for supplies (up by $2,000), and $2,500 for equipment (an increase of $1,500). The aquatic center payment is budgeted at $147,562.59, up by $5,180.79.

Anticipated revenues include $10,000 from ad valorem taxes, up by $5,000, and $400,000 from sales tax revenue, an increase of $40,000. As of the end of March, the department had received $375,077.50 from sales tax for the current year. Crawford emphasized that additional sales tax revenue is expected.

Projected interest income for next year is $10,000, up $6,000 from the current budget.

Crawford encouraged board members to consider future projects and plans for the upcoming years.

Park Superintendent David Shockley reported that the company hired for pool repairs would attempt to complete concrete work and seam repairs before the pool season opens, with painting scheduled for the fall.

Shockley also noted the department’s ongoing search for lifeguards and mentioned that several assistant manager applications had been received, with one potentially being promoted to manager. This candidate worked at the pool the previous year and has graduated from high school.

He updated that the Johnson, Griffin, and Burleigh Grimes ball fields are being mowed weekly, and early spring fertilizer has been applied. Bathrooms at the Ebbe Sports Complex and Burleigh Grimes Field are open for spring and summer.

The department is actively cleaning leaves throughout the park system, including fence rows and playgrounds, and repairing seasonal equipment as necessary.

Information was provided to Park Board members about the Volunteer Thankfast at the North 65 Center in Trenton on April 23 at 7:30 a.m., where Mayor Jackie Soptic invited board members to honor and celebrate Grundy County volunteers.


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