Wausau to seek grants for parks improvements

Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM.

“George Rogers Park was a complete washout,” Phillips said. During the recent flooding episodes in Washington County, much of the baseball field was washed away, and one of the park fences nearly collapsed.

The council voted to allow Fred Fox Enterprises to pursue the grants on the town’s behalf.

Prior to the town council meeting, the council members held a workshop to discuss the 2013-14 budget. The council voted to approve the proposed budget of $324,050, and the town council will hold a final public hearing to adopt the budget at 5:05 p.m. on Sept. 26.

Clerk Margaret Riley noted that water rates will increase 3.2 percent in October, which will be reflected on the city’s water bills issued in November.

Riley said the income this year was the same as last year, except this year’s budget  has raises of 3 to 5 percent for the town’s maintenance department employees.

“The state retirement is up significantly this year,” Riley told the council. “It’s sky-high and out of the ceiling, but we have to pay it.” The city will pay $7,000 to the state retirement system in 2013-14, which is the third highest expense in the general funds budget that the city pays, topped only by payroll ($33,640) and health insurance ($7,600).

“The county has cut the fire department another $1,000,” Riley added, “but all in all the budget is balanced.”

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