WAUSAU –  The Town of Wausau set a tentative budget for the new fiscal year when council members met in regular session Thursday.

Should the tentative budget be adopted in the September 28 final budget hearing, the town will run on a budget of $485,930. The largest expenditure is that of payroll for town employees.

The council also approved an ordinance regarding Standard Operating Procedures for the volunteer fire department following a joint effort of the council and department. The council states the purpose of adopting the ordinance was to update outdated policies. More local ordinances are expected to be updated soon as well, such as the Town's garbage collection ordinance. The council is also looking into beefing up the ordinance regarding dogs after more complaints from citizens about local dogs being on the loose and being a "nuisance to residents."

The Town reviewed a proposal from the law firm of Fuqua, Milton, and Carter to provide legal council. The council will soon enter negotiations with the firm and make a final decision at the September 28 meeting.

In other business, Fire Chief Sam Rudd advised the board that he is applying for a grant to help purchase new bunker gear. Town Clerk Margaret Riley also advised the council that carpet will be installed in town hall September 20-22 and requested that Town Hall be closed to the public during those times. The request was approved.

Deion Goodman informed the council of a live nativity scene being put on by the fire department. The event will take place in December for one week at six area churches

Wausau Town Council will meet again in special session at 5:01 p.m. on September 28.