City to address funding for extra plowing

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February 7, 2009
— The Janesville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 18 N. Jackson Street. At least some council members also will gather at 6 p.m. for an informal listening session with residents.

No public hearings are scheduled, but residents can speak at the beginning of the meeting.

Items on the agenda include:

-- Discussion to create more parking at the Janesville Senior Center.

-- A report on options available when a resident wants to appeal a city decision.

-- A request to fund overexpenditures in 2008 for public works, public safety and the fire department. The city exceeded the snow removal budget of $822,455 by $753,889. The city snowfall of 101 inches meant 11 plowings versus the normal four. Also, the fire department spent $179,091 more than was budgeted, with personnel costing $108,590 more; vehicle operations and maintenance, $33,957 more, and EMS disposable supplies, $33,830 more.

-- A decision on whether to amend a charter ordinance to allow the council president, on the recommendation of a citizens advisory committee, to recommend to the council members of the plan commission, board of review, library board of trustees and zoning board of appeals. The city manager currently makes those recommendations to the council. The council already has approved the change for committees not governed by a charter ordinance.

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