PILOT POINT — Nearly all of the priorities set by City Council members last fiscal year have been completed or are under construction.
This creates room for officials to add new goals for 2014.
On Monday night during a City Council meeting, Pilot Point officials discussed moving forward with uncompleted goals, adding items and prioritizing the goals on their list.
Some items on the council’s list weren’t as easy to initiate and they stalled. Officials attempted to weed through those stalled items to determine which ones would be included on the 2014 priority list.
“The question we’re asking is if we want to proceed with these projects and if we think it’s worth it,” City Manager Tom Adams said.
Some of the possibilities the council discussed included widening streets or adding sidewalks near schools, repairing the roof on a fire station and conducting traffic studies, but the ideas are preliminary.
Creating a safe environment for residents seemed to be a top priority for council members, based on their suggestions.
Setting goals gives council members an opportunity to outline goals and priorities for city staff members and allows staff to focus on those items as the year progresses.
Council members and the city manager said building a list of goals isn’t something that can be completed in one night.
City officials said they will take time to develop and add to their list.
The council praised Adams and city staff, calling their work in the 2012-13 fiscal year “impressive.”
Some of the projects the city tackled in the past year include a capital water improvement project for a new well, replacing heart monitoring equipment for emergency medical services and making repairs on city-owned buildings.
Mayor Pete Hollar and council members said that the city has accomplished many of its goals on a tight budget and that the projects were well executed.
For years, Adams said, the city has had to deal with shrinking operation budgets and revenue.
“Now that we’re seeing an increase, we might be able to turn the corner and fund more projects,” he said.
In other business, the City Council approved a contract with the Pilot Point school district to provide a school resource officer. The council’s approval is contingent on the school district’s action on the contract agreement.
Under the agreement, the estimated annual cost of the officer is $63,047. The city will pay about $14,750 annually and the school district will pay the rest.
The officer would work at the school during the school year and then work for the city during the summer months.
The city also approved an agreement with Denton County for chip seal, street improvements and related assistance for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
From time to time, the county is able to assist the city with street improvement work. This work does not include drainage or signage work, and is generally limited to street improvements.
The city has $300,000 in its general fund and general capital funds for the 2013 fiscal year and will have an additional $94,000 in the proposed 2014 budget.
County assistance will help extend the city’s funding and the amount of street work that can be completed.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.