The Chariton City Council approved to submit a grant application to the Vredenburg Foundation for a $25,000 grant to be used to purchase new computers for the inside of Chariton Police Department vehicles at their meeting June 21.

The City of Chariton has been seeking funding resources for adding computer systems into each vehicle of the Chariton Police Department.

Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said that the City of Chariton has also applied for a grant from USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and the South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) for funding for the computers in police vehicles project, but that they haven’t heard back on funding from either organization yet.

Partly due to this, Liegois also said she thought it would be good to apply for the grant from the Vredenburg Foundation as well. The grant application for the Vredenburg Foundation grant is due on July 2, 2021.

The council briefly reviewed the city’s claims. Liegois said that these were the last claims for the current fiscal year. She also pointed out a general fund cost of $2,620.15 for survey work done by Folkerts Engingeering, Inc. and said that this was for survey work they did on the Ilion Trail.

No council members had any questions about the claims this time and the council approved them as presented.

The council also briefly reviewed and approved the May financial report. “This report is 11 months into the fiscal year and all amendments should be reflected in the report,” Chariton Mayor Denny Bisgard said. Liegois concurred with this and said they are reflected in the report.

Interfund transfers approved

The council also approved a resolution approving the interfund transfers for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

City Manager Liegois said that several items are different than the City of Chariton had planned in the budget due to circumstances that have occurred in the past year.

One item which is different is the amount received for the Hotel-Motel Tax. “We did not get the regular amount of hotel-motel tax due to COVID-19 and traveling was also cut back. We normally have $30,000 from the hotel-motel tax, but this year we only received a little over half that amount. This is reflected in the transfers for the airport and general fund, which is used for our contribution to the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street program,” Liegois said.

Another difference was no transfer was made from the franchise fees. “We had planned for $25,000 to be transferred this year from the franchise fees for playground upgrades. Due to the colder weather this spring, we were not able to get our playground matting project at EIkenberry Park done in time for the end of this fiscal year,” Liegois said.

The funds will remain in the franchise fees and transfer over next fiscal year.

The following interfund transfers were approved. A transfer of $27,530 was approved from the emergency fund to the general fund. It’s standard practice to move whatever is left in the emergency fund at the end of the fiscal year to the general fund.

A transfer of $25,000 was approved from the sewer fund to the general fund for administrative services. A transfer of $10,000 was approved from the Community Center to the general fund for administrative services.

A transfer of $120,000 was approved from the TIF fund to the general fund for the 918 Court demolition project, the Charitone rebate, and the downtown sidewalk project. A transfer of $6,190 was approved from the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund to the Airport Fund for tourism. A transfer of $10,000 was approved from the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund to the general fund for economic support of the Chariton Chamber.

A transfer of $19,000 was approved from the Road Use tax fund to the Debt Service fund for payment for patcher equipment. A transfer of $50,000 was approved from the Road Use Tax fund to the general fund for reimbursement of expense of the street department for road use expense paid from the general fund. A transfer of $50,000 was approved from the general fund to Debt Service for the payment of a fire truck.