Effingham Daily News
---- — NEWTON — Newton City Council approved a balance budget for fiscal year 2014 at its meeting Tuesday night.
The balanced budget prompted the council not to increase electric and water rates within the city for a year.
"We talked about it and decided we were in good enough shape to do this," said Newton Mayor Mark Bolander.
During the meeting, the council also voted to pay additional costs for the completion of the IKE Project. Ground is finally dry enough for construction to soon begin on the project that includes several more reservoir ponds throughout the city intended to protect streets and property from excess rain. The city approved a bid of more than $17,000 for the project.
The IKE project wasn't the only continuing project in the community to receive funding. The council voted to pay for an appraisal of the easement around Eagle Trail as part of a project to improve the trail and a bridge on it. The project is being funded through a $980,320 state grant. The appraisal, to be conducted by Schaefer Appraisal Inc., is estimated to cost the city $3,500.
In other action Tuesday, the council appointed Ed Webb to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the next two years and recognized Sherry Hollingsworth, the retiring administrative assistant at Newton Police Department, for 28 years of service. Bolander presented a plaque to Hollingsworth during the meeting.
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