The Orchard City Town Board received copies of the town's proposed 2016 budget of $1.91 million during its meeting on Oct. 14.
The budget's $1.91 total expenditure figure includes spending on the following individual items from the various budget funds.
• $50,000 to pay for middle mile broadband infrastructure. The project would carry fiberoptic cable from the Orchard City DMEA substation on Fruitgrowers Road a distance of 3.37 miles to Tank Hill where a "carrier-neutral location" for providing access to broadband services could be established.
• A total of $51,181 will be transferred from the general fund to the park fund where it will be used to pay various maintenance and operating expenses of the facility.
• A $40,000 expenditure will pay for culvert repair on 2100 Road and other culvert work if required.
• Three crack sealing road projects -- Fox Ridge Drive, Saddle Ridge Road and Marshall's Road -- will cost $15,000.
• Expenses noted in the water fund include a number of items, with $128,000 in general maintenance and repairs and $30,000 for replacement of a pressure reducing valve at T Road among them.
• $300,000 will come from the water capital construction fund to pay for water line replacement in the Del Ray subdivision. $65,000 from the same fund will pay for two pressure reducing valve installations -- one along Highway 65 at Eckert and another on Happy Hollow Road.
The budget is normally finalized in December. It is a spending guide, and though projects are in the budget, there is no requirement they will be completed and funded in the coming year as proposed.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.