The Eclectic Town Council unanimously approved a $4.2 million operational budget for 2020 at its Monday night meeting.

The 2020 budget is less than the 2019 budget of $4.5 million.

Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport indicated the difference in the two budgets was due to grant money the town received in 2019 for improvements to a town park, roads and sewer plant.

The council received a $48,000 grant for use by the Eclectic Fire Department.

“That grant will be used to purchase fire equipment and breathing apparatus,” Davenport said.

The council also set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at town hall to discuss rezoning land intended for a housing development named The Oaks.

The council approved Eclectic to auction surplus property Feb. 8. 

According to Davenport, two pick-up trucks, a John Deere tractor, a police car, a confiscated Hyundai vehicle and lawn and office equipment will be available.

He said the town expects to make $5,000 during the sale in February and said the town sold $3,000 in town-owned vehicles and equipment in 2016.

In other action, the council:

• Approved its 2018 fiscal year audit

• Rescheduled council meetings to the third Monday in January and February due to state holidays

• Discussed the bylaws of the town’s Business Relations Council

• Set the town Christmas Festival on Dec. 9

• Set the town employee Christmas party at 6 p.m. Dec. 10