The Nevis City Council held a preliminary budget workshop on Monday, July 26. No votes were taken.

As City Administrator Dawn Veit went through the budget line-item by line-item, she noted that the city only anticipates one capital outlay project during fiscal year 2022.

Veit noted that the alley behind city hall is 18 inches higher than the floor of the building, which creates a risk of water damage during heavy rains. She proposed obtaining bids to build a “lean-to” or awning over the alley with gutters to guide rainwater off the roof, and a retaining wall on the other side of the alley with earth built up against the opposite side to provide a drainage area.

“We just got the building fixed and we don’t want it flooded during high rain seasons,” she said.

Apart from that, Mayor Jeanne Thompson said, “I don’t know that we have any real, major projects this year that we’re focusing on. Last year was streets, and we’ve got that done.”

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“Parks are finished,” Veit added.

Council member Sue Gray hinted that the city may have to adjust its water and sewer rates a little, and Veit noted that she hasn’t received this year’s workers compensation bill yet. The council also discussed some step increases, for example, for the police department, which is staffed by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office.

“Nothing huge, though, that we have going into 2022,” said Veit.

“What we usually try to do is keep the levy as close as possible to what it was last year,” said Gray.

Veit reminded the council that after the preliminary budget is approved, the final budget and levy can only be decreased, not increased.

The council will vote on approval of the preliminary budget at its next regular meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9 at Nevis City Hall.