The Washington City Council approved an ordinance to establish a fixed asset capitalization policy for the city Monday night and introduced several ordinances dealing with the pay rate for city employees for 2014.
Mayor Joe Wellman said that the newly passed ordinance will change the way things are capitalized and how purchases of $5,000 or less are depreciated within the utilities department. The newly introduced ordinances, which will have a second reading at the next council meeting, proposed pay increases for city officers and employees, as well as firefighters, members of the police and elected city officials.
In other news, Wellman announced that Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development will be in town to present a check to the city fire department for the newly purchased fire truck. Wellman also announced that on Oct. 2 from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., several of the city departments including the fire department and police department will be hosting a safety night out event. The event will focus on helping youngsters identify and get a better understanding about what law enforcement and other departments within in the city do.
The Board of Public Works approved the purchase of three new pickup trucks for the water, electric and wastewater departments. Two of the trucks, Ford F150's, will be purchased from Bill Dobson Ford at just over $19,000 each. The third truck, a Chevy Silverado 3/4 ton standard cab, will be purchased from Ubelhor and Sons for just under $21,000. The trucks will be ordered by each department Tuesday.
Transformers for both the McAllister Machinery expansion project and the new Alliance Barrier Films were also approved. The city will pay for half the cost of each transformer with McAllister's and Alliance Barrier Films each paying for the other half of the $29,500 price tag for each transformer.