At special workshop, the council is mulling whether to update the city's vision, mission statement.
Julie Winter says the statement feels outdated and needs updating.
Francie Sullivan says this is not on her priority list and rather finds the statement inspirational and wants to see them in the chambers.
Onto a mid-year review of the 2016-17 budget. That shows a cash flow of $41.3 million from July 1 to Dec. 31, per finance director Dennice Maxwell.
To the city's critics, Sullivan encourages them to go online and review the budget, which shows adjustments close in line with the finance department's projections for the fiscal year.
Council accepts 5-0 the mid-year budget report.
Those benefit increases have been built into the 10-year budget plan. But more recently CalPERS made some changes that will be phased in. It has reduced the discount rate from 7.5% to 7%.
That change for actuarial purposes is huge and will have profound effects for the employer share, Starman says.
Right now that share is 50 percent but will increase into the high 70s, he says.
Those are Starman's introductory statements before council prioritizes spending on 18 proposal presented to them.
Regarding the first, the idea is to add 8 CSOs. Hiring all 8 would be $800,000 ($100,000 each). All out of the general fund.
A communications specialist would cost $100,000. Half would come out of the general fund.
To evaluate IT, the cost is $150,000, half of which would come from the general fund.
No cost estimates related to downtown revitalization. That is dependent on what comes out of specific plan after it is updated.
Cost to update the REU rate restructure proposal is estimated at $75,000. Money would come from REU.
Neighborhood police unit would need about $600,000. That's general fund money to retain four officers, whose positions would be cut at the end of this fiscal year.
Regarding new ideas to jumpstart Stillwater, Starman tells council Kent Dagg has talked to him about perhaps dividing up a 15-acre parcel into half-acre, acre lots to attract companies looking for office space. That's where the market is. Dagg will be coming in to talk to the council.
The last time the city took on the effort to update the General Plan was in the 1990s. The cost to update the document would come out of the general fund.
Starman says it's possible some of the cost could be covered by grants.
The city would need to create an entirely new Riverfront Specific Plan. The cost for that effort is $300,000 and would come out of the general fund.
Public comments: Charles Alexander objects to the REU rate restructure proposal featured on the priority list. This does not deserve the trash can, to borrow from Kurt Starman. It deserves the shred-a-gator, he says.
When the proposal first came up, it turned out there was no urgency to implement it, he says.
He is the lone speaker.
Winter wants to know about the communications specialist, would it save money anywhere?
Starman says it could increase efficiency, productivity.
REU, so far, is getting the most support from the council.
Bethel Church offers city gift of $500,000 over two years to help retain neighborhood police unit. Would challenge other faith-based groups to help come up with total of $620,000.
Neighborhood police unit has highest priority.
Winter on board with economic strategies but wants to evaluate barriers to economic growth.
Sullivan takes exception with any potential evaluation of the EDC. She says she only is interested in anything that has to do with the city working with the EDC. Once again, she brings up her concerns about "micromanaging" an outside group. They have their own board, she says.
Sullivan calls on Fire Chief Gerry Gray to the podium. Nine firefighter positions are on the line (3 firefighters and 6 apprentices).
Weaver expresses reservations about calling the chief when other department heads haven't been called to make their case.
I'm sitting here today pleading with you that the cuts would have an impact on our department, Gray says.
Request to retain firefighter positions didn't rank as high as neighborhood police unit. There is talk of maybe keeping some of those positions but not all nine. Biggest risk of losing jobs are the six apprentices.
Starman says he cannot guarantee the items with highest priority will get into the budget, but his commitment is that his staff will try.