HISID decides not to reinstate sheriff contract
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- "I do like the idea of having a deputy here, but I'm looking at $60,000, and also a $500 housing allowance," said Holiday Island Chairman Ken Ames at the Nov. 11 board meeting. "I would like to take the $60,000 and roll it over into the infrastructure."
Fellow commissioners agreed the level of crime in Holiday Island does not warrant the special deputy contract the community has had with the sheriff's department for years, as most of the infractions are speeding tickets.
In September Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek said he was suspending the contract with Holiday Island because it was unfair to charge the community for deputy service that other parts of Western Carroll County got for no extra charge.
Commissioner Linda Graves said Holiday Island should ask for proof that the sheriff will have a deputy patrolling Holiday Island for 20 hours a week.
Commissioner Bruce Larson suggested looking at alternatives, such as contracting with an off-duty officer.
Even without a contract, he suggested the security fee on the water bill continue to be charged, however.
Commissioner Greg Davis, who has argued steadily to keep the contract, was absent from the meeting.
The board looked at another draft of the 2014 budget. District Manager Dennis Kelly noted, in response to some suggestions that money be set aside from last year's budget for roads, that money unspent in one year's budget cannot be "encumbered" for the next year.
"It was a budgeted number, not actual cash dollars," he said. "It all expires on Dec. 31. If you don't spend it by the end of the year, it automatically goes into the reserve account."
"I don't see anything wrong with setting money aside to use next year," said Graves.
Kelly said the reserve account allocation changes depending on the actual expenses each year.
"Years ago you laid off a lot of employees, so your expenses were less, which reduces your reserve amount," he said.
"You've got the cash, it's just the 35 percent is shown in reserves," said Office Manager Marilyn Clave. "You have much more than that."
Commissioner Ken Brown asked whether the draft budget reflects the $170,000 less each year the district will not receive because of the Table Rock Landing lawsuit settlement.
Clave said it will be a write-off, but in the future, it will reduce the expected income because it won't be billed.
The golf course subsidy from assessments was discussed. Graves said she did an analysis showing the the actual loss in 2011 to be $295,000 and in 2012 to be $215,000. The actual subsidy to each property owner in 2012, represented by collected assessments from 3,600 lots, is be $60 each, she said.
The board agreed to add $100,000 to the road budget, for a total of $240,000 to be spent next year. They also agreed to leave the reserve account allocation at 35 percent of actual expenses.
Golf Course Superintendent Mark Mowrey updated the board on the well pump failure at Well #7, the well that waters the 18-hole golf course. He said wiring to the motor was not replaced last time the well failed and recommended it be done, but it will be a "major expense" at about $20,400. Costs will be somewhat offset by being able to salvage the old copper wiring.
Mowrey said a new motor has been ordered, and that will cost around $15,000.
Kelly reported FEMA has reimbursed the district $8,000 of the cost of repairs to the Haddock Creek bridge after flooding this summer and also for cleanup of the cart path leading to the driving range, not to the driving range itself.
The board will not hold commissioner meetings in December, but agreed to hold special meetings if required. They will meet, however, the next morning, Dec. 4, after Election Day to swear in new commissioners and select officers for 2014. That meeting will take place at 9 a.m.