The Manchester City Council met last night, abiding by social distancing guidelines.
The City used Zoom to conduct their meeting, with city staff, the mayor and council members logging in from their respective locations, available by audio and in some cases, video. The media and members of the public were able to log on too.
The Council held a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget. The proposed budget sets the City’s levy rate at $15.31 per $1,000 of taxable value – a reduction of 25 cents from last fiscal year’s rate of $15.57. No one spoke for or against the proposed budget during the hearing.
The City Council also held a public hearing on a communications site lease agreement with Comelec Internet LLC. Comelec is seeking permission to modify equipment they own on the Williams Street water tower. The proposed agreement would be for an initial period of five years. One member of the public expressed concerns about the potential health risks of 5G. Attorney Jim Peters says he will check into what the City has the authority to regulate.
And the City is cancelling their public meeting that was planned for this Thursday about the Highway 13 Street Improvement Project. Tune in this morning for our Guest of the Day at 8:10 am as City Manager Tim Vick joins us to talk more about the project, last night’s council meeting and how COVID-19 is affecting City operations.