The Stanhope City Council this week gave their tentative approval to the proposed 2013-14 operating budget.Total revenues are set at $798,885 with total expenditures at $798,189, subject to further modification. The council set the date of March 11th at 6:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the budget.
Stanhope council members met with Keith and Erma Bockoven of 3401 Briggs Woods Road . They shared their sentiments on not wanting snowmobiles on their property and to discuss what needs to be done to change the snowmobile route through Stanhope. The Bockovens indicated that they are not opposed to the snowmobiles but they are concerned with the liability of the snowmobiles being on their property and therefore they wish for the snowmobilers to find an alternative route. The council thanked the Bockovens for their input.
In other matters the Stanhope council approved an Enhance Hamilton County Foundation grant application for upgrading the emergency siren and for a Stanhope Development Group application for business district landscaping. A DNR grant application was approved by the Stanhope City Council. The application will be completed by the MIDAS Council of Governments for possibile upgrading of existing park playground equipment. The third and final reading on ordinances dealing with All Terrrain vehicles,installment payment of cost abatement and service discontinuance and lien exemption.
The council approved a continuing resolution authorizing the continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program which offers rates for residential properties as low as $129.00 per year.
There was also a discussion on the alternatives as it pertains to the electric utility and the new wholesale electric contract set to begin January 1,2014 and alternatives as it pertains to the possible construction of an electrical substation to serve the community and further upgrading of the electrical system.