The Municipal Quarterly meeting held at Orchard City in March gave local agencies, governments, and taxing districts the chance to update each other on their activities and projects.
Among the reports given on county agency activities were the following.
• All Points Transit director Terri Wilcox reported that the local government-funded transit system had a revenue surplus in 2011 of $11,080. That was higher than the projected surplus by almost $4,000. Cost cutting helped the operation's bottom line with expenses for 2011 running $183,990, which was less than the $204,682 originally budgeted.
Wilcox also reported that All Points is serving 80-90 percent senior clients on its Delta County routes. Medical visits and trips to senior meal sites are the most popular destinations.
A slow economy has affected ridership. Following a 10.4 percent increase in rides in 2010, last year saw a 0.5 percent decrease. The average donation per Delta County rider also declined, from 52 cents in 2010 to 26 cents in 2011.
Local government contributions totaling $79,401 are the main source of funding for All Points' operations in Delta County. Money for operations also comes from contract services, foundation grants, CDOT grants, and other sources.
Revenues are expected to exceed expenses by a small amount in 2012, Wilcox said.
• Jim Wetzel, director of the Delta County Historical Museum, and Leigh Ann Hunt gave an update on a proposal to form a countywide historic landmark register and a board to designate structures for inclusion on the register.
A local listing would be a step in the process of getting funding from the state for restoration or preservation. Supporters are looking for a "corps of interested people," Hunt said, to help organize the project.
• Hospital administrator John Mitchell reported the addition of three new doctors to the DCMH "active medical staff of between 35 to 40" medical professionals. Two of the new staff additions practice ob-gyn and the other practices internal medicine, he said.
"There will be no third floor addition to the hospital any time soon," Mitchell said, adding that planners were wise to build the current structure with an eye to future needs.
• Regional director for the Department of Local Affairs Elyse Ackerman said that any money for energy impact grants in the state budget would amount to "a drop in the bucket" even if approved for this year.
• The county government and fair board envision an agriculture education and resource role for the Maloney property at the fairgrounds. Additional access to the fairgrounds is being planned from SH92, and river corridor improvements including a pedestrian bridge are envisioned.blog comments powered by Disqus