City Finance Director Caron Vela reminded the council during its first budget workshop Tuesday evening that they had approved the purchase of a building at 602 N. Washington St.
The building is a little north of City Hall.
City Manager Deborah Ballí had explained that City Hall was running out of office space for an expanding staff and that the new building was needed.
Those who will occupy the 4,440-square-foot building will include Building Inspector Albert Vilches, Inspector Donald Frizzell, Code Enforcement Official Ronald “Buddy” Hardy and staff member Martha Armijo.
Beeville Main Street Manager Michelle Wright and her part-time staff member Alexandria Resio will move from their office space in the city’s Event Center to the building as well.
Council members also heard that the city’s Finance Department will be purchasing new laser printers to allow the utility department to begin sending out regular, letter-size bills in the future.
Currently, the city’s utility bills are printed on smaller cards that are separated when a bill is paid to provide the customer with a receipt.
The three printers are expected to cost a little more than $1,000 each.
Vela said she included some spending to cover a software training session for her staff.
City Parks Director Fred Diaz said his budget for the coming fiscal year will include $50,000 to purchase furniture for the fixed base operator’s office at the Beeville Municipal Airport.
The building where the office is located was recently remodeled.
Diaz said he does not expect the new furnishings to cost that much, but he wanted to budget that amount in case it is needed.
Council members were also told that the city would be increasing its budget for other items, including health insurance, new computer software, increased telephone service, insurance not related to health coverage, legal and contract services.
Vela said the increase in what will be set aside for health was necessary “because that is the nature of the beast.”
Wright told the council that her budget also increased slightly to cover items like a used pickup for grounds keepers who work downtown and some small salary increases.
The council tentatively scheduled future budget workshop sessions for next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.