By MARK EVANS
Today’s inflation required the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen to approve a fiscal year 2023 budget with one late increase last Thursday.
City Administrator Happy Welch explained the change to the board.
“We’ve got a line that crosses LeFlore we need to get fixed,” he said. “We’ve been trying to get quotes and numbers on this. We finally got the final numbers, which was more than what we estimated. “
Originally $15,000 was budgeted for the line item “Sewer Main,” under “Sewer.” Thanks to increasing prices across the board, the figure has jumped to $50,000. Welch changed the line item from $15,000 to $60,000.
“It’s going to be a little over $50,000 at this point and we may see if there’s something else we want to move on to as well, and there may be other things we need to do to this line,” he said.
Welch explained that the process uses a liner that is put on the inside of pipes and pulled from one manhole to the next. It will take care of any problems other than major breaks in the line.
The board approved the budget on first reading. It will get its second reading at the Sept. 22 meeting. Ward 2 Alderman Bob Donovan said it “needs a lot more discussion” before the second reading is voted on.
The board also approved a separate ordinance on first reading that allows the budget to be amended “relating to various revenue and expenditure increases.”