CIP moves to City Council

Published 10:08 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2018

City Council will see the proposed Capital Improvements Plan on Feb. 7, after the Planning Commission voted 7-0 in favor of adoption on Tuesday afternoon.

Tealen Hansen, director of finance for City of Suffolk, presented the original plan to the commission on Dec. 19.

The first year of the proposed plan totals $72.17 million, including $4.7 million for a joint operations facility.


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The structure is intended to be split between the city police and the Parks and Recreation departments. The building will consist of a four-bay area for the police department’s equipment and vehicles, and 23,000 square feet for parks and recreation maintenance offices, equipment and vehicles.

A new $15 million central library also is proposed in the plan. The new library would be located on land the city already owns on West Washington Street in downtown, and it would replace the aging Morgan Memorial Library building. It would be funded in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

The joint operations facility will start and finish sooner than the library. The project is slated to begin in the 2019 fiscal year, the first year of the plan. The facility is planned to get all of its funding in the first year of the plan.

The presentation from the Hansen included almost 70 other major projects for the city over the next five years, including major projects for the public utility fund and the storm water fund. More than half of the funds needed to complete these projects in the first year will come from state and federal grants. The remainder of the funding comes from general funds, transfers and bonds.

Hansen laid out the CIP subcommittee’s priorities when drafting the proposed plan. Its three major priorities include adherence to the financial policy requirements, managing debt limits and strategic spending for critical needs and quality of life improvements.

All of those have been achieved in the current CIP, Hansen said.

Two Planning Commission members, Arthur Singleton and Mills Staylor, were a part of the subcommittee that drafted the Capital Improvements Plan.

“I did serve on that subcommittee, and I listened to the individual presentations from all the different department heads,” Staylor said. “At the last meeting, I made a comment on how well I thought that meeting went.”