The city of Springfield put several big ordinances on consent agenda including benefits for the civil union partners of city employees.
With little debate, Aldermen moved an ordinance providing health benefits for civil union partners of city employees and retirees.
Meanwhile aldermen placed Tax Increment Finance dollars for a planned Hy-Vee grocery store on the consent agenda with praise for the project. The MacArthur Boulevard Business Association says the development will act as a vital anchor for the redevelopment to the once thriving thoroughfare.
Aldermen also gave initial approval for a Lincoln Library contract that will provide for a new and updated database system. The five year contract will allow for the library to better independently manage their catalog of materials with more features for digital conversions.
Items on the consent agenda are not considered controversial and are grouped together to be voted on all at once.
With upcoming budget talks just around the corner, Aldermen hashed out the dates they plan to go through all the various departments numbers for FY 2014.
Those dates are:
January 7th to go over the Library and Clerk budgets.
January 15th will be City Water Light and Power budget talks
January 29th will be discussions on the police and fire budgets
January 30th will be Convention and Visitors Bureau, Human Resources and Public works
February 4th will be the Office of Budget and Management and the Mayor's Office budget talks
Aldermen have until March 1st to approve the budget for FY2014.