City of Armstrong to re-enact first council meeting

Armstrong council is turning back the clock to a very special day.

Armstrong council is turning back the clock to a very special day.

Council passed a resolution to hold a special council meeting on Tuesday, March 26, the exact date of the first-ever Armstrong council meeting held 100 years ago.

The city is celebrating its centennial this year.

To that end, some special guests will be invited.

“We’re gathering names of past council members so that we can send them an invitation to the special meeting,” said Armstrong administrator Patti Ferguson. “We will also be inviting former Good Citizens of the Year.”

A special agenda will be created as council reenacts the first-ever meeting which will take place at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Budget timeline set

After discussions and checking of calendars following vacation plans, council has come up with a timeline to work on the 2013-17 five-year financial plan.

Things begin Feb. 12 with discussion of budget items desired by council, and staff will then prepare the draft budget between Feb. 13 and March 31.

The budget will then be reviewed by council on March 27 before it’s unveiled to the public at a special meeting set for Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

“You will present the budget to the public and take input from the public,” said Ferguson. “Our experience is that we do not have a lot of public giving us input, but then you never know.”

Following the meeting, the city’s chief financial officer, Terry Martens, will take any input and make the required changes to the draft budget bylaw before it’s presented again to council for three readings at its regular meeting on Monday, April 22.

Final adoption of the plan would likely take place April 29 or May 6.