Cary planning $21.2 million budget

CARY – With the village prepping to begin its next fiscal year, it is planning to spend about $4.5 million on capital projects.

Village Board members on Tuesday are scheduled to vote on their $21.2 million spending plan for the fiscal year that begins on May 1.

The village is planning major capital improvements, such as the Route 14/Jandus Cutoff realignment. About $1.6 million of the project costs is being paid for from state and federal dollars, according to village documents.

Among the capital projects planned are $1 million in water main improvements on Pearl Street and Weaver Drive and about $1 million in neighborhood road improvements in town.

Also, because of the harsh winter, the village has set aside an additional $100,000 to help with repairing accelerated road deterioration.

Village Administrator Chris Clark said there maybe 100 to 200 foot sections of roads with potholes where the village cuts out deteriorating pavement and puts in patches that would be a "bridge" to a longer lasting resurfacing project.

As for the potential Sunset and Crest project, the village has set aside $575,000 for drainage and storm water detention design and improvements.

Of that money, $250,000 is being set aside to do additional engineering and design work for a potential second phase in the Sunset and Crest neighborhood, Clark said. Work on a higher level of storm water detention and storage might need to take place over the course of years, Clark said.

The village plans to spend $325,000 as part of a local match if it receives a federal grant for the first phase of the project. Clark said the village may hear in the late summer if it will be awarded a $975,000 grant from the federal government.

The budget includes spending about $385,000 to remove and replace trees infected with the emerald ash borer in the village's parkways.

The village estimates it will have a $500,000 surplus in its general fund budget at the end of this fiscal year, and is using part of that money to help with tree removal, Clark said.

The village has about 1,200 parkway trees it plans to remove, Clark said.

Through a municipal partnership with three other communities the village had low pricing for tree removal, Clark said. By removing all the parkway trees affected by the emerald ash borer, the village expects more residents to participate in the 50/50 tree replacement program.

Clark said the village's general fund budget for day-to-day operations is balanced.

As a part of union contracts with police officers and public works employees, salaries are budgeted to increase by 2.25 percent. The village also is budgeting for up to a 4 percent increase for non-union employees in the village. Those increases will be based on merit, according to a village memo.

The village's police department plans to purchase six taser units for its officers, and add a part-time investigations assistant to help administrative tasks that are part of the investigations process, documents say.

According to village documents, officials are planning to spend $60,000 for a re-write of the village zoning ordinance, $50,000 for corridor planning services after the village's comprehensive plan is complete, $75,000 to implement the comprehensive plan, and $50,000 for meeting web streaming and agenda management software, among other things.

Officials have set aside $100,000 for possible economic incentives. About $200,000 has been set aside for possible land acquisition in the downtown area to help with downtown redevelopment or enhancing parking, Clark said.

The village is setting aside $75,000 for the architectural planning services for the possible replacement of the Cary Police Station and village offices. A recent evaluation of the police department showed there were space concerns at the station.

"It's very clear the police department will need to be a priority for us in the coming years," Clark said. "The village continues to allocate resources [and] evaluate future site concepts for a police station improvements and associated office improvements."

To attend

What: Cary Village Board

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Cary Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive

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