Mayor Steve Bach will ask City Council next week for permission to spend nearly $12 million from the city's reserve fund on fire and flood mitigation, emergency preparedness, vehicles replacement, raises for personnel and other needs.
At a news conference today, his Chief of Staff Laura Neumann outlines the spending package as follows:
— $10 million for flood safety improvements, including $8.8 million for rebuilding and restoring Camp Creek and Douglas Creek in the Waldo Canyon Fire burn area, $100,000 for training of personnel in emergency response and management, $100,000 for the city's part in a study of the fire, and $1 million for forest management and fuels reduction.
— $300,000 for replacement of 12 motorcycles for the Police Department.
— $1.42 million for raises for sworn personnel and some civilian workers.
— $155,000 for a "legislative management system" to better streamline the agenda and meeting process for City Council.
For details, here's Neumann's presentation:
Council would take up the request on April 23. The city has $46.3 million in reserve, Neumann said, which is 19.2 percent of the 2013 budget. After drawing down the nearly $12 million, the reserve fund will contain the equivalent of 13.6 percent of this year's budget.