2012 budget approved with no levy increase
By Greg Hunt
After a lengthy stretch of service to Braham government, Ken Ceaglske turned in his resignation at the Dec. 6 council meeting. Ceaglske accepted a new job in Lusk, Wyoming where he and his family will move to this month.
Ceaglske was appointed to the Braham Council in June 1999, serving for 12 1/2 years total. He was elected mayor in November 2008 and was re-elected while running unopposed in 2010.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege serving the city of Braham,” spoke Ceaglske, who helped lead the town during the recent major reworkings of the water and sewer facilities. He said he is excited for the change of scenery in the bluffs and ranching country of Wyoming; Lusk is a short drive west of the Black Hills and 90 minutes from Casper, Wyo.
Following his resignation acceptance, a debate followed in who should succeed in the mayoral position. Council members Traci Leaf and Wayne Seiberlich made the motion for Acting Mayor Patricia Carlson to take over as mayor for 2012 until the position is up for election that November. Council member Lowell Jaques countered that previous mayor Terry Turnquist would fit the position well, based on Turnquist’s past years of experience serving in that role.
The 2-1 vote ensued, with Leaf and Seiberlich voting in favor of Carlson for mayor (Carlson and Ceaglske abstained in the vote, as per statute requirements). Turnquist, who volunteered to assist in any capacity, was then appointed to Carlson’s council seat which will also be up for election in November 2012.
2012 Budget & Levy
approved with sewer rate increase
The Dec. 6 meeting also held action on the final 2012 budget. The levy was set for $530,535, a 0 percent increase from 2011. The certified Local Government Aid (LGA) Braham will receive is $423,901 which includes a permanent cut of $62,000 from the state.
The budget reflects an increase in sewer rates necessary to help pay for the updated Wasterwater Treatment Facility. The rates for 2012, effective on the Jan. 14 bill, will be $7.60/1,000 gallons usage. The total sewer revenue for 2012 must be at least $328,440 before the USDA will close on the grant/loan the city received for the update project, City Administrator Sally Hoy explained.
$20,000 in the 2011 Budget for sealcoating street repairs will be moved into reserves for 2012, with the repairs planned for completion that year.
Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 3 (7 p.m.)