Petersburg meeting strikes cash round in ultimate finances

The Petersburg District will try to replace the logs that provide shelter from the wind and waves at Banana Point on the southern end of Mitkof Island. (Joe Viechnicki / KFSK)

Petersburg district assembly made some changes to the final district budget, which it approved on Monday. This includes some design work for a secluded boat ramp and dock, snow removal for Papke’s landing pad, and some cash to maintain two public toilets.

The budget for the fiscal year beginning in July puts the districts spending at $ 9.7 million in the total fund, only slightly higher than last year. And like last year, this budget is also using reserves to balance expenses and income. The district built those savings by using federal emergency aid towards the salaries of first responders and other district workers during the pandemic.

The assembly changes mostly move money from one planned use to another or use some savings, but do not add to the overall fund spending.

Congregation member Dave Kensinger suggested paying up to $ 40,000 for conceptual plans. They would consider upgrading or replacing the breakwater at the Banana Point boat ramp on southern Mitkof Island and the dock at Papke’s Landing about 10 miles south of Petersburg.

“I think anyone who uses these facilities will see that they are very important to the economic viability of the region,” said Kensinger. “They are very important to people who are relaxing in the area, and they are not used by a specific part of the community, but by the entire district.”

Kensinger said the planning is a starting point and could help the district grant land through a federal infrastructure bill. The design work would be funded from the district’s land development fund. This is money that is made available to buy or improve land or buildings.

Mayor Mark Jensen noted that despite some previous talks to transfer some to local government, the docks and boat ramps remain the property of the state.

“I think that’s what worries me if we don’t have permission to continue working, apply this design to the facility, when we don’t have rights to it,” Jensen said.

The vote was 5-1 in favor of this change, with Jensen voting no and Jeigh Stanton Gregor not voting at the meeting.

The meeting also approved a proposal by staff to increase the budget for replacing the sewerage system on Ira II Street. The contract for this work goes to the local company Rock N Road.

Another budget change was to provide revenue from the borough’s maritime passenger ship fee for cleaning two public toilet trailers this summer. This fund includes approximately $ 50,000 from a fee for cruise lines investing here.

Kensinger suggested this budget direction, thinking that it would be a good use of the revenue from these cruise lines.

“This is a really easy sale to these companies as their passengers have to use the restroom,” he said. “And right now, as it has been in recent years, much of the toilet use has fallen on local businesses in the city and they are ultimately bearing the cost of cleaning their toilets and providing those supplies. And if you have a designated location right in the center of the city, I think you will eliminate a lot of the conflicts that have arisen in finding a place for the toilets in the city. ”

It is not yet clear whether a county employee or a private contractor would do this work. Jensen was also the only one no-vote to this change.

It was a unanimous vote to spend $ 10,000 from a district emergency fund that will be given to members of the emergency response center for their work during the pandemic. This money could usually be spent on unforeseen expenses.

Congregation member Bob Lynn suggested that $ 10,000 be removed from the roadside budget to pay for snow plowing at Papke’s Landing. This contractually agreed work was financed in the last budget, but was not included in this year’s personnel proposal. Lynn said the service was promised with the district formation in 2013 and only Jeff Meucci voted no.

The overall budget was accepted at 5: 1 and Mayor Jensen was the only opponent.

“There are several reasons why I will not support the budget as I did not in the second reading and that of the fire truck,” said Jensen. “And the change was made on first reading to get more funding for the KFSK, even though they are getting a few hundred thousand dollars from the federal government, and I have problems with some of those changes that were made just today. Therefore I will not support the changed budget. “

The plan calls for a fire truck to be replaced for up to $ 650,000. Various district offices make regular payments into a vehicle fleet fund to cover the high anticipated costs of this and other vehicles used by the district workers. The KFSK receives an increase in its district funding from this budget as well as a one-off payment of over $ 203,000 in emergency federal aid. The radio station has lost its government funding, approximately $ 88,000 for each of the past two years.

In a separate vote, the assembly also approved a property tax rate for the coming year – with the same rate for property owners in supply area one and a slight increase for the rest of the district. And although the new fiscal year is only a few weeks away, the district still has no final word on government funding. But the local government does not expect any school project debt to be repaid this year either and plans to fill this gap with reserves.

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The General Assembly in June the budget was cut by 10% because it feared that tax revenues would decline. That didn’t happen: tax revenues improved with the Georgian economy. The state also receives $ 4.7 billion from the federal government’s latest COVID-19 relief plan, though it’s up to Kemp how that money will be spent.

The spending plan provides for salary increases in areas where the state government has high sales, such as: B. for employees of the Ministry of Driver Services and for prison and juvenile courts. It does not include a raise for any ordinary employee or teacher.

The House and Senate backed plans to spend $ 40 million on a rural innovation fund and $ 10 million to expand high-speed internet in rural areas.

Legislators agreed to replenish 60% of the cuts in education spending approved by the legislature last year.

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Tillery noted that Georgia schools are receiving approximately $ 6 billion from federal COVID-19 relief laws, more than enough to make up for past cuts in government funds. Including federal aid, Tillery said schools will be able to spend far more money next year than they were before the cuts in COVID-19 spending.

Under the fiscal 2022 budget, the state would borrow approximately $ 1 billion for construction projects, much of it for new schools, college buildings, roads and bridges, and a convention center in Savannah

The plan also provides more cash for nursing homes, which are hard hit by COVID-19 and medical providers. About $ 60 million more would be allocated to various mental health programs, some of which have been overwhelmed by the mental health impact of the pandemic and addiction problems.

The budget would staff a number of agencies, including the Ministry of Health, the State Ethics Committee, the Ministry of Finance and the Secretary of State.

“This budget has a nationwide perspective. It strengthens the safety net for the people who need it most, ”he said House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, a member of the House Budget Negotiating Team.

Former Meeting Member Michael DenDekker Ditching Politics for the Leisure Trade

Former Assembly Member Michael DenDekker (NASA / Bill Ingalls)

22 January 2021 by Michael Dorgan

Lights, camera, action!

Former Congregation member Michael DenDekker is giving up his career in politics and returning to his roots in the entertainment industry.

DenDekker, who represented the 34th Congregation District for 12 years, said he now works as a film and television actor, and also writes television scripts.

The 59-year-old had represented Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and parts of Woodside and Corona during his tenure, but has chosen to deviate from politics. DenDekker lost to Progressives Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas in Democratic Elementary School last July and his term ended on December 31st.

“I look forward to this next chapter in my life that will combine my knowledge of and work in the political areas of the city and state with my passion for storytelling and entertainment,” said DenDekker.

A native of Jackson Heights, he began his life in the public sector in 1995 when he entered the hygiene department. He rose to become a supervisor and was assigned to the New York Bureau of Emergency Management after the 9/11 attacks before becoming a facility manager for the city council in 2006.

DenDekker began acting as a child and worked for the city and state throughout his career where he participated in community theater. He has also appeared on successful television shows such as Law and Order, Elementary and Billions.

The former lawmaker has also appeared in films like Miracle at St. Anna, Inside Man, American Gangster, and Meet Dave.

DenDekker said he has a strong focus on TV scriptwriting that will use his time in public life.

“Through my writing, I can bring these experiences from the walls of community offices, televisions and movie sets, and the halls of the State Capitol to a wider audience,” DenDekker said.

“I know people will relate and appreciate the honesty, humor, and sincerity of the stories I write.”

DenDekker said he has already written a number of scripts and is looking for an agent to help him close deals on his new writing projects.

The former lawmaker said he wrote a 44-episode drama based on his experiences that will help the city respond to the 9/11 attacks.

He is also writing a political drama based on his time in the congregation.

“During my career, I have met and worked with so many amazing people and personalities and been part of interesting situations and challenges that most people will never experience,” he said.

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