EAST WENATCHEE — With plenty of money to go around, the East Wenatchee City Council is planning to fix more streets, spruce up its downtown, build a park and even buy land next year.
The council heard a rosy preliminary budget report for 2014 on Tuesday from Finance Director Nick Gerde.
The city has spent less money than anticipated so far this year, and revenues have all been higher than projected, he said. If it stays that way, the city expects to start next year with a $2.2 million cash carryover from this year. The city is projecting to spend about $10.6 million next year on city services and capital projects.
Capital projects that are tentatively slated for funding next year include:
Paving of Ninth and 15th streets.
Improvements to French Street.
Engineering work for a repaving project of Valley Mall Parkway from Grant Road to Ninth Street that will be done in 2015.
A new traffic signal at Valley Mall Parkway and Ninth Street.
Paving of five residential streets to be funded by the $20 car tab fee added late last year.
Improvements to Kenroy Park on James Avenue.
Improved pedestrian and bicycle access to downtown from the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, including possibly moving the crossing from the north side of the intersection to the south side.
Some beautification work at the north end of Valley Mall Parkway.
Buying some state Department of Transportation property for $370,000.
Buying property at the northern entrance to the city for nearly $400,00.
The City Council will hold a budget workshop to examine whether it wants to add or eliminate items in the preliminary budget. They won’t adopt the 2014 budget until closer to the end of the year.