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Budgets on Monday agenda for Forest Park

FOREST PARK — The Forest Park City Council meets Monday in regular session at 7 p.m. and will be discussing two budget items, according to the agenda released Thursday.

There are two listed agenda items concerning budgets. The first is for the board to consider an ordinance establishing a budget for special revenue funds for this fiscal year.

The second is to consider an ordinance to establish a budget for the special purpose local option sales tax capital project funds for this fiscal year.

Council members are also expected to announce the receipt Sept. 9 of an award from Lovejoy in honor of successful LOST/SDS negotiations. The county and each municipality got an award from Lovejoy.

Mayor Pro Tem Linda Lord and Ward 1 Councilman Tommy Smith accepted the award on behalf of Forest Park

Lord said during the awards dinner reception that the negotiation process had its challenges.

“It was a long negotiation,” Lord said. “And it was finished on time. We got through them.

“Everybody doesn’t get everything they want, but everybody gets something they can live with,” she continued. “It wasn’t that we all agreed with each other but we had a common goal.”

Council meets first at 6 p.m. in a work session. Between the two meetings, the board opens the floor for residents to ask questions, make comments or raise issues from their seats.

There is a public comment period at the beginning of the 7 p.m. session for which residents must register and can speak for a maximum of 3 minutes at the podium, depending on the number of speakers.

The meetings are open to the public and are held at City Hall on Main Street.

Clayton News Daily education reporter Johnny Jackson, who also covers Lovejoy City Council, contributed to this article.