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Public hearings to be held on city budget

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By Alice Du Pont

The Quincy city commissioners voted Sept. 8 to pass, on second reading, an ordinance that would prohibit soliciting or collecting money on a public right-of-way. The ordinance also restricts the distribution of printed materials to sidewalks or other non-traffic areas that are intended for pedestrian use.

The ordinance grew out of concern by several commissioners for the safety of people soliciting at intersections.

Commissioners also held a public hearing seeking input and permission to pursue funding for the second phase of the Tanyard Creek Program through a recreation grant. The grant is for $200,000. The city has been awarded a $135,000 grant for the first phase, which included the concept and design for the park.

"There are no matching monies for this phase called Munroe Park.  We have listed as a champion community which exempts us from any matching requirements," said grant consultant Auburn Ford.

City Manager Jack McLean informed commissioners:

• New striping on South Stewart Street will begin within a week.

• All employees have participated in a skills inventory to determine what skills they already have and what skills they would like to gain.

• Improvements to Corry Field will begin soon. The available funds, totaling $135,000, have been earmarked for structural improvements. This is a multi-year project.

• The first code enforcement hearings were held with the magistrate with seven citizens appearing. McLean said 42 people who had received citations corrected them prior to the hearing.

Public hearings on the 2009-10 budget will be held Sept. 16 and 29.    

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