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Published 4:55pm Friday, February 21, 2014

Wetumpka City Council members voted Tuesday to confirm the $280,000 in appropriations and contracts for services that were tentatively included in the current year’s budget. Previously the council had only approved payment of funds to the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, Humane Shelter of Elmore County and Head Start.

The approval includes $40,000 support for the Wetumpka Boys and Girls Club.

“I know the Boys and Girls Club is counting on the money from the city to meet their budget,” said Councilman Percy Gill (D2).

Mayor Jerry Willis said the city is in the process of conducting a comprehensive study of the various leisure services and parks and recreation programs that are supported by city dollars.

“We need that to determine how to best utilize what we have and make everything fit together,” he said.

The council also approved disbursement of a $25,000 allocation to Wetumpka’s youth ball program that was budgeted but not paid during the previous fiscal year.

In addition council members approved entering a preliminary engineering agreement with the state to conduct a congestion management study on U.S. Highway 231 in the area near the old rest area.

Willis said the city was asked to manage the project “up to $75,000 which will be reimbursed for it.” The focus of the study will be to determine how traffic can be directed and controlled in the eventuality of the planned crater interpretative center being constructed on the former rest area site.

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