Cleveland council approves budgets

At its monthly meeting Thursday, Cleveland Town Council approved the 2011-2012 general fund budget and the water/sewer department budget.

The council projected a revenue increase for the coming year. The town has stayed within its budget and will begin the new fiscal year with carry-over funds for improvements to the football/soccer field and for the 25-percent match for FEMA grants and for the community center. The town will also be able to upgrade its computers and phone system.

Mayor Jerry Jones announced that FEMA has begun to implement Immediate Needs Funding (INF) guidance in order to extend the remaining balance of the Disaster Relief Fund. Grants for the storm shelters, generators, and sirens have been put on hold because of Hurricane Irene.

The council discussed a letter received from the State Retirement System regarding optional changes to the retirement plan. The changes would mean an increase in employee contribution and a decrease in pay. The council unanimously voted to keep the plan as is.

The council unanimously voted to purchase $100 worth of Coca Cola products to hand out at the Cleveland High School community tailgate party.

The council also decided to sign a document in support of the Northern Beltline project.

Mayor Jones announced that a fence had been installed for the new football/ soccer field.

Council member Doug Hill announced that the Labor Day Barbecue was rained out and was rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17.

The next council meeting will be Oct. 20.