COLUMBUS JCT., Iowa — The Columbus Junction City Council will hold a public hearing May 22 on a proposed amendment to the city’s fiscal 2013 budget.

The budget amendment includes an additional $25,500 in revenue, boosting total revenue for the 2012-13 budget year to $4,524,308; and $94,000 in additional spending, raising total expenditures to $4,564,872.

The city will use its reserves to cover the amendment.

In other action, the council approved closing an alley next to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon to provide additional parking.

In final action, engineer Matt Walker updated the council on the water treatment plant and levee upgrade projects. Walker said DOT officials appeared close to approving the new site for Well 6. The well’s location was moved closer to the new treatment plant because of better water availability.

Walker also reported work on both projects should begin to pick up in the next few weeks.

Columbus Community Development Center Director Mallory Smith also introduced intern Jared Todd to the council. Todd, a Columbus Junction resident, is a student at Butler University. He will be joined in a few weeks by the center’s second intern, Jane Ohde.

Smith also reported the farmers’ market is open on Fridays.

— Jim Rudisill

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