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Hancock council OKs 2022-23 budget

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council approved its 2022-23 budget during Wednesday’s council meeting, as well as a revised budget for 2022-23. The 2022-23 budget projects $3.15 million in general fund expenditures for a net fund balance increase of $77,714.70.

The council also approved the required millage rate of 13.2663 mills for the general fund, .8 mills for the fire department and .8 mills for recreational improvements.

In other action, the council:

• Heard a report of a bequest to the city from Oregon resident Jill Nissila, who had family ties to the area. Nissila’s will included $4,000 to the Lakeside Cemetery to repair sunken gravesites at the Nissila family lot and to provide for simple headstones for any graves in the family lot without them.

• Received a report from the Copper Country Recycling Initiative of monthly tonnage numbers for trash and recycling in the community. For Hancock, there were 54.23 tons of trash and 23.95 tons of recycling for a recycling percentage of 30.6%.

• Approved a Department of Natural Resources cooperative agreement for $100,000 for stormwater improvements on the Navy Street trail west of the intersection with Tezcuco Street.

• Approved OHM’s proposal for bidding and construction administration on the MDNR trail project for $17,700.

• Approved the 2022-23 budget for the LDFA.

• Approved the amended 2021-22 and proposed 2022-23 budgets for the Portage Lake Water and Sewage Authority. Hancock’s monthly payment will be $35,407.02 starting July 1.

• Approved budget amendments for 2021-22 of $7,782,411 in revenue and $7,525,922 in expenditures.

• Approved a Portage Lake Construction bid for $19,900 to complete the basketball courts at Terrace Park.

• Approved purchasing a KIOTI lawn mower from Ward’s for $6,700.

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