Plymouth City Council to Approve Rainy Day Fund Transfer Resolution

The Plymouth City Council will approve a resolution at their meeting next week pertaining to a transfer of money for the Greenway Trail project.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver, the city council authorized the transfer of $250,000 in cash from the Rainy Day Fund to the Greenway Trails Fund. Xaver explained that in order to cover the city’s share and to adequately keep funds in that budget line item the transfer needs to take place. The city will pay for invoices up front and the state will reimburse the city 80 percent of the costs.

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Plymouth City Council to Discuss User Fees

A committee is looking into the user fees for the City of Plymouth to determine any increases needed.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver reminded the Plymouth City Council that she asked them in July of last year how a shortfall of approximately $452,000 will be made up due to a loss in property tax revenue. She said the loss could be due to tax abatements, property tax appeals, unpaid property taxes and property tax caps. In August of last year, she asked the council members how they were going to offset the raises for firefighters and police officers. Volunteers offered to form a committee to research user fees and possibly present a restructured fee schedule with increases to help offset the revenue loss.

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Plymouth BOW Discusses Intergovernmental Agreement

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members discussed the intergovernmental agreement between the city and the county for planning services when they met Monday night.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver, the board members learned that the Marshall County Commissioners amended the agreement to pay Planning Director Ralph Booker for the first three months in 2018 and then conduct an evaluation of work in order to continue on with the contract for the next quarter. The board members agreed to the amendment.

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Plymouth BOW Considers Prepayment of Ambulance

Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller asked the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members this week for the prepayment of a new ambulance.

“I’m asking the board authorize Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver to prepay an invoice to Crossroads Ambulance Service in the amount of $186,806 even,” said Miller. “It’s supposed to be done any time now. If we could have authorization for Jeanine to do that and hold the check until the inspection has been done by me and accepted by me.”

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City of Plymouth Looking to Increase Water, Sewer Rates

The Plymouth City Council heard a proposal from Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver, and Eric Walsh from Umbaugh and Associates concerning an increase in water and wastewater rates.

Plymouth City Attorney Sean Surrisi told MAX 98.3 FM News that with Bay Valley Foods and Del Monte closing at the end of year, the city council learned that water and wastewater treatment revenue losses are imminent. Surrisi said a proposal to increase water and wastewater rates to help bridge the gap was brought before the council in a specially-called meeting Monday night. Continue reading

Revisions to 2018 Salary Ordinance Result in Plymouth City Council Approval

The ordinance fixing the 2018 salaries of appointed officers and employees, as well as fire and police personnel of the City of Plymouth, was recently up for approval by the Plymouth City Council.

The salary ordinance has been a topic of concern since the end of August, when the initial proposal was rejected. A committee was formed in order to review and work on the ordinance to come up with a more suitable solution. The revisions were presented at the City Council meeting Monday evening.

The committee consisted of Council members Shiloh Fonseca, Bill Walters and Don Ecker Jr. They worked with Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver and Emyle Kruyer-Collins from Human Resources discussing alternative options and looking into the survey that was provided by the city’s consultants Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele and Associates. Continue reading

Municipal Excise Surtax, Wheel Tax Ordinance Dies

A proposed ordinance that would help raise revenue for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and streets within the City of Plymouth died for a lack of a motion Monday night.

The Plymouth City Council members held a public hearing on a municipal excise surtax and municipal wheel tax ordinance earlier this month and called a first reading on the ordinance. The ordinance was up for second reading during a specially-called meeting last week during budget discussions. It was tabled and brought up for discussion on Monday night.

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Plymouth City Council Discusses Salary Ordinance

The Plymouth City Council discussed the proposed 2018 salary ordinance in a special session Monday night.

The ordinance was presented by Emily Kruyer-Collins who works as Human Relations for the City of Plymouth. It details the salaries requested for department heads and employees as given in a salary survey by employee and supervisor input. Supervisors and managers were then given that information to validate the information.

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Plymouth City Council Holds Public Hearing on Wheel Tax, Excise Surtax

The Plymouth City Council discussed implementing a wheel tax and excise surtax during their meeting Monday night.

A public hearing was held where Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver clarified that the wheel tax money can be used for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and streets. It was suggested that implementing a wheel tax could take some relief off of other line items in the budget to help with other General Fund needs. She provided a list of roads that she traveled that could use a facelift. Continue reading

Plymouth City Council Plans Wheel Tax Public Hearing

The Plymouth City Council members will gather public comments on a proposal to impose a wheel tax to help bridge a budget gap in 2018 and beyond.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver explained that the bond rating for the 2017 lease rental bonds was an A+, but Standard and Poor noted that the city’s decision to increase public safety salaries with reserves money this year will put the city’s budget in a $500,000 gap for 2018.

To remedy this, it was the Standard and Poor’s recommendation to raise new revenue.

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Plymouth City Council Approves Appropriations for Police, Community Crossings Grant

The Plymouth City Council approved additional appropriations to compensate raises for police officers and to fund the city’s match toward the Community Crossings Grant should the city be awarded.

A public hearing concerning the appropriation requests was held with no comments from residents. The city council members went on to approve a resolution that covers the salary increase for the police department and the pension amounts. $10,000 was approved for the increase in pension and $80,000 for the police department salary increase.

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Plymouth Clerk-Treasurer Earns Certification

Jeanine Xaver

Plymouth City Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver received her designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk this week.

The designation was handed down by officials with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Inc. The award is given to municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements. The designee also has a record of significant contributions to their local government, community and state.

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Deferred Payment Ordinance Amendment Approved

The Plymouth City Council discussed an ordinance amendment concerning deferred payments for utility bills.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver believes a clerical error was made in the ordinance when the code book was codified in 2014. The current document states that all bills for water services not paid within 15 days from the due date are charged a 10 percent penalty. She noted that the common practice assesses a penalty 15 days after the billing date which is when the payment is due.

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