OGDEN -- By a 6-1 vote Tuesday night, the city council amended Ogden's Capital Improvement Plan ordinance.
City Councilwoman Amy Wicks cast the dissenting vote.
Wicks objected to increasing the amount of a project that triggers a CIP designation from $10,000 to $30,000.
Wicks said the change would mean that some projects could be undertaken by the city's administration without "public discussion or knowledge."
The $10,000 amount has been in place since the CIP ordinance was originally adopted in 1998.
The city council staff feels the increase to $30,000 is appropriate because CIP projects are meant to be large in scope.
By comparison, Salt Lake City has a $50,000 threshold for designating CIP projects.
The city council also agreed to limit the emergency expenditure of CIP contingency funds to $100,000 per fiscal year.
The amended ordinance also includes a new provision that allows funding of up to $60,000 each per fiscal year for the city council and administration for various studies.
The administration could use its funds for market studies, alternative analyses, preliminary design and engineering work and grant applications.
The city council's funds could only be spent for legislative purposes, r elated to capital improvement projects.
The $100,000 contingency account and the $60,000 administration and city council study accounts were not automatically funded as a result of the council's adoption of the amendments.
A separate budget action will need to occur to fund those accounts. The administration has indicated it will propose funding for the accounts in its fiscal 2012 budget.