Jesup City Council working on budget
The Jesup City Council approved the Fire Department’s budget at their Jan. 11 meeting; the rest of the budget will be worked through at the Council’s next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 18. If it’s not completed that night, a special meeting will be scheduled to finish the detailed budget discussions.

The City’s full final budget will be approved at a later meeting following publication of the budget in the Citizen Herald giving notice of a public hearing.

Mayor Chris Even explained that overall the budget was staying in line with where it had been the last two years. The Jesup Fire Department’s budget, which includes an increased request for vehicle replacement, had to be approved early to enable the townships to meet and approve their portions of the budget. The four townships surrounding the City, which are served by the fire department, share a portion of the annual budget with the city. These include Fox and Barclay Townships in Black Hawk County and Perry and Westburg Townships in Buchanan County.

The Council also approved a renewal of the same health insurance plan for city employees as the current year. The plan’s cost is increasing 9.7% this year. City Clerk Koley Mead noted that the health insurance costs have been going up in the 8-10-12 percent range recently. The council considered an alternative plan which would shift some of the costs to employees, potentially saving around $750 to $800 per month for the city. Their final decision was to keep the plan as is.

Community Center Survey

The Community Center Committee’s postcards should have been received by this time, and there will still be a few days for Jesup residents to respond to the survey online. The survey is seeking community response on the question of whether the city should proceed with planning a Community Center building, and what services it might offer residents.

Engineering Proposal

The Council also approved a $27,900 proposal for engineering work on Sixth Street. Work on the alley behind St. Athanasius was included in the agreement, adding about $300 to the engineering cost. A portion of the alley work was done this year by St. Athanasius; the city is looking to bid finishing the alley improvements to Sixth Street and to Main Street.

Parking Ordinance Input Wanted

The council also approved a “fix” to the building code ordinance; and are looking at a parking ordinance that would remove semis and other large equipment from street parking in residential areas. The council passed the parking ordinance for its first of three readings; waived the second and third readings on a split vote; and scheduled final approval for the Jan. 18 meeting to enable residents to voice their opinions on this ordinance prior to final passage.
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