HR Green will have until the October meeting of the City Services Committee to report the findings from the first phase. The second phase findings would be due by the end of November or early December in order for the city to review the options and incorporate them into next year’s budget.
Funding for the study will come from money the city saved because Kinser’s salary was less than what was budgeted this year as well as the road use tax fund.
“I’m not saying that we’re going to come out of this with anything that might work. My hope is that we could, but that I’d like to bring it back to this committee with the result before moving forward,” Kinser said.
While council approval isn’t necessary because the spending is within Kinser’s authority, committee members made it clear she would have gotten support if she needed it.
“I think we need to do it. We’ve needed to do it for a long time,” Ward 3 Councilwoman Bev Hermann said.