FDL City Councilman Proposes Changes To Budget And CIP

A Fond du Lac City Councilman proposed three changes to the proposed 2017 City Budget and Capital Improvements Plan Wednesday night; two of them were shot down. Council Derek TerBeest (pictured) proposed adding $20,000 to what the Council planned to give the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership with that additional money going towards operations. The City will also be increasing the amount of money it gives the DFP for grants programs from $75,000 to $100,000. The Council approved that motion.  He also proposed moving an expense for new carpeting for the 2nd floor of the Library from 2018 to 2020. Library Director Jon Mark Bolthouse says the carpeting is already pretty worn. He says it is 14 years old and some of it is faded from sunlight. The Council voted that motion down by a 5 to 2 vote. TerBeest also proposed eliminating spending $35,000 for new library drop boxes next year. Bolthouse says they have had to repair those and the bins they use to haul books from the drop boxes over the years. The Council voted down that proposal by a 6 to 1 vote.