Ardmore city commissioners met Monday evening for their regular meeting at the Commission Chambers in City Hall.

One of the primary items on the agenda involved approving the budget for the fiscal year 2018-2019. During the meeting, City Clerk Ken Campbell explained the budget approval process.

“Last commission meeting, the required public hearing was held for the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019,” Campbell said. “There were no citizens that spoke regarding that budget. There were a few changes made to that budget. The $1,000 stipend granted to each employee in lieu of a cost of living allowance was increased to $1,200.” 

He concluded by reminding the commissioners that state law requires the budget be approved at least seven days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1.

Ultimately the budget of $76,333,932 was unanimously approved by the commission. 

Also approved were the fees for the city’s property, liability and auto insurance. The cost of insuring the city’s property will be $140,699 for the next year. City Director of Human Resources, Cheryl Smith, pointed out that every building is insured at 100 percent of their replacement value so the city will not fall short if it has to replace one of its structures. The liability and auto insurance will cost $190,036 which is a $5,500 reduction from fiscal year 2017-2018.

Final items approved were the appointment of Julie Austin as Municipal Judge for the city effective July 1 and a motion to rescind the bid awarded to Ferguson Waterworks and award the bid to Core and Main, Inc. for the purchase of materials and supplies needed for street construction, maintenance and repair. Commissioners said that Ferguson Waterworks’ bid was considered low, and they have not been in further contact since being awarded the contract.