CENTERVILLE -- City council members recently approved modifying the budget to give the Historic Sites Committee a small amount of money to use until the committee's budgeted funds become available in April.
The city staff just realized the approved budget included a $6,000 line item for the state grant project, according to a staff report. This is based on the assumption of receiving a $3,000 grant from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office that is coupled with a $3,000 match from the city.
However, this money would not be available until April if it were granted and run through fiscal year 2013.
With the grant cycle not beginning until April, any expenses occurring between now and then would not be covered by the city budget until then. That's why staff proposed modifying the existing budget to give the committee funds not associated with the grant cycle.
Though the budget amount is just $250, it is expected to pay for any budgetary needs until April. These items include $120 for a committee retreat, which includes elected and appointed officials and staff, and other incidental items.
Staff wrote in a report that the committee has established momentum, but to sustain that, it needs funding for activities. The $250 will be used to help with that until grant funds are available.
The committee also provided the council with an estimate of how the grant funds will be used. This includes creating a historic preservation book with approximately 30 pages at a cost of $2,200.
Other items include roughly $850 for training and conferences; $275 for a social in August; $120 for a retreat in November; $1,400 for a reconnaissance-level survey of 93 homes; and $1,200 for a national registry nomination, including a survey for one home.
Some of these items, such as the retreat and social, do not qualify for grant funds and require separate funding.
After April, the remaining Historic Sites Committee budget will pay for many of the above-listed items.