County adopts $33M budget

By Kelly Ducote / The Observer June 28, 2013 11:30 am

Union County Commissioners OK increases for Vector, Marine boards 

Union County commissioners adopted a budget for a little more than $33 million for 2013-14 after approving changes to several funds.


Administrative Officer Shelley Burgess said some of the changes came from the state. Revenues were added to the Commission on Children and Families fund and human services.

“These adjustments are due to some information we received from the state since the last budget hearing,” she said.

Commissioners also OK’d increases for the Vector Board to reflect pay rate increases and for Marine Board maintenance at the request of Public Works Director Doug Wright. The Marine Board increase was offset by a reduction in contingency funds.

“He’s anticipating doing a little more work at the parks,” Burgess said.

Burgess said all changes are within the 10-percent range permitted by law.

Commissioners also heard from Parks Coordinator Sean Chambers, who provided an update on the proposed motocross track at the Mt. Emily Recreation Area and got approval for a bid on a trailer for the department.

Chambers said noise testing had been conducted at MERA for the motocross track.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t encounter any problems down the road,” he said. “I participated in the initial testing and it was surprising how little noise disturbance there was.”

Chambers said he stood against the house of the closest residence to the proposed track. More tests were conducted later.

“We went back and included the whole gamut — two four strokes, two two strokes, wide open,” he said. “We also did a test at full throttle and still there was little to no recording on the testing instrument.”

Commissioner Steve McClure said he thought the project had been handled “judiciously” and the committee working on it should move forward.

“We’re going to be very careful,” Chambers said. “We want to develop this right.”

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