Money was the big topic of Belmont's annual retreat

There are 11 comments on the www.gastongazette.com story from Feb 22, 2009, titled Money was the big topic of Belmont's annual retreat. In it, www.gastongazette.com reports that:

The topic of this year's annual retreat was money - how to bring it into the city and how to spend less of it in a struggling economy."We're going to place a lot of attention on prioritizing in the budget this ...

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Since: Oct 07

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#1 Feb 22, 2009
Hold up! We are concerned because Spartan Dyers is using LESS water ( wish they would use more!). But we are telling citizens " you can't use water"? Duh..... Uh- guess the "drought" doesn't affect commercial users? I wish we'd elect common sense thinkers to our council. A) We have water B) The city makes money from water usage C) Let citizens buy water! Wake up!

Seven hundred dollars for catering? What in Tom Bell did they eat?

Sorry Sally- your department is not a sacred cow. It has great programs and you do a fine job. But, in hard times, this should be the FIRST department to go. Contrary to your comment, there are MANY recreation alternatives close by. Belmont doesn't have the only option ( or in my opinion the best options). There's not a free event the P & R Dept. sponsors that I'd pay to go to.But, I'm sure there are some people who will.

Raises? Should not even be on the table. I know of NO ONE who will be getting a raise this year - that should include city workers. Yes, they deserve it - but it's just not feasible right n ow.

Bottom line- cut whatever is necessary to avoid tax hikes and water rate hikes.

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#2 Feb 22, 2009
$700 for catering to the Whitewater Center? I hope that was the owner/partner rate.

Musta had cocktails too. Betacha dat Moped was cold crosssing dat rivaa.

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#3 Feb 22, 2009
I say due to lower usage the Spartan Dyer Commercial rate adjusts upward to negate for lowered usage.

That; Or they can go to Mexico.

To hell with them.

Since: Oct 07

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#4 Feb 22, 2009
Well...I would hope for $700 that the got more tha oooone meal since they were there aaall day... and who knooows how many attend these sorts of things???
Observer

Stanfield, NC

#5 Feb 22, 2009
Lordy I hope they didn't give old Barry a cocktail!!!

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#6 Feb 22, 2009
Aunt Bee wrote:
Well...I would hope for $700 that the got more tha oooone meal since they were there aaall day... and who knooows how many attend these sorts of things???
Why Aunt Bee, its as if your almost someone else...hardly the Aunt Bee of iron hand and stern gramatarian heart.

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#7 Feb 23, 2009
Well, its fat trimming time at the City Hall.

Services and Projects to be stalled.

But wait, alas, a solution can be told.

But first, regretfully, a Bond must be sold.

When to gas is exactly when you think not.

It takes balls or some may say leadership.
Irl Dixon

Salisbury, NC

#8 Feb 23, 2009
Aunt Bee wrote:
Well...I would hope for $700 that the got more tha oooone meal since they were there aaall day... and who knooows how many attend these sorts of things???
Well Aunt Bee, there are usually all the department heads, the council, mayor, and city manager plus the city engineer, accountant, and attorney. You are probably looking at 15-18 people. I don't know their schedule this year but usually there is a Friday night meal served as you start the meeting, a light breakfast on Saturday morning, and then the lunch. Plus they also supply coffee and cokes throughout both days.$700 is a bargain, especially when you consider that 2 years ago, Mt. Holly took all their council and department heads to the Grandover in Greensboro for 2 days. Belmont has not gone outside of the general area in the last 10 years.

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#9 Feb 24, 2009
Thy Bard Meeting Menu:
Breakfast-2 Sausage Buritos=$2
Lunch-Any Number 1-4 Meal Deal Taco Bell-$3.33
Afternoon Snack-Bojangles Sausage Biscuit-.99

Drinks-Each Person gets 2 liter Sundrop-$1.59

Total Per Attendee=$7.91

TOtal Budget=$700

Seems they too good for a working man's diet.
opinionated

Salisbury, NC

#10 Feb 25, 2009
They conducted all their business in one day and spent $3,000 less than Mount Holly this year. Catering is expensive, but Council is there without pay. They are entitled to some sodas and key lime pie.

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#11 Feb 25, 2009
opinionated wrote:
They conducted all their business in one day and spent $3,000 less than Mount Holly this year. Catering is expensive, but Council is there without pay. They are entitled to some sodas and key lime pie.
You say two things of interest:
"entitled"
Some sodas & key lime pie.

the first illustrates your opinion, "entitled".

the second illustrates the arrogance.

$700 would feed a African family of four for a year.

Versus the alternative; No one spend nothing, sit down and get to work.

Now in light of the economy and the forthcoming budget cuts....

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