WAPELLO, Iowa — Wapello’s 2012-13 budget doubled Thursday when the City Council approved a nearly $2.2 million amendment for a variety of public works projects.

Revenue for the amendment will come from loans and grants. The money will be used to refinance earlier bonds and cover new expenses for warning sirens; police technology equipment; water meters; street, sewer and water repairs; recreational trails and other work.

The city’s original budget was $1.94 million.

In other action, the council reaffirmed it would not intervene in a dispute over a pole in an alley. Two neighbors are sparring over the pole; and one of the neighbors asked the council to establish the pole was in the city’s right-of-way. City officials declined, explaining the city would need to survey the alley to determine if the pole was in the right-of-way and since it was not causing any obstruction, a survey was not worth the expense.

The council also approved several routine board appointments, but the re-appointment of City Attorney Tim Wink was opposed by council member Larry Wagg. Wagg said he wanted to see if other candidates were interested. The council re-appointed Wink on a 5-1 vote. City Engineer Mike Hart was also re-appointed.

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