By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The SPI City Council met Wednesday evening for their regular meeting. The meeting covered upcoming events, project funding options, and transportation topics including the lowering of speed limits on north Padre Boulevard.
During public comments, City Manager Bill DiLibero came up to remind those with short term rental properties about the registration requirement and shared that there would be two trainings Saturday at the Convention Centre at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. as well as a video at www.myspi.org covering the application process. Members of the public also addressed the audience to share upcoming events, which include, the first annual Paddle Padre Festival this Saturday, the Sea Turtle Inc sponsored YappoPalooza in June, and family friendly star gazing sessions throughout the summer.
The council moved on to discuss budget amendments related to the reallocation of funds to complete projects approved at the last meeting. According to Finance Director Rodrigo Gimenez, the council knowingly allocated funds from excess reserves toward projects that exceeded the actual budget at that time. Before the last meeting, there was $164,000 in excess reserves, and three budget allocations, which included the transportation plan update, hiring a consultant for grant services, and the necessary mosquito deterring chemicals, left a deficit of about $67,000.
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