RIO VISTA -- The Rio Vista City Council continued its quest to identify and prioritize the city's needs this week, starting with an examination of its buildings.
On Monday, the council toured all city facilities to check on what upgrades and repairs are needed on some of the older civic buildings. Rio Vista City Councilman Jim McCracken said that among those with the most needs are the public works building and athletic fields.
"Basically, we are trying to evaluate the needs of the city in terms of infrastructure and building. We are setting priorities of what needs to be taken care of first," McCracken said. "A lot of our buildings are starting to become dilapidated and dated. For our employees to have a good working space, we need to get them up to par."
McCracken noted that they still have to determine how to pay for the repairs and better prioritize the list of needs. He added that the Rio Vista Senior Center is being updated with new floors, furniture and the entire building will be brought up to code by June.
"It is an old city. We are not like everyone else growing in leaps and bounds," McCracken said. "A lot of our buildings are 40 or 50 years old now. We hope to have improvements for viable facilities for people to use."
In addition to public facilities, the council is examining public safety staffing and salaries and eliminating staff furloughs that began a few years ago. At its July 16 meeting, Councilman Dave Hampton said that the council will look at revenues and expenses and how to fund all these short- and long-term improvements.
"It is hard to be real specific yet," Hampton said this week. "We haven't really pinned down what things are going to cost."
The council is also exploring the outsourcing of water and sewer bills, reinstating city employee training and purchasing an eye and body wash station for employees who may be exposed to raw sewage. Among the funding sources tentatively identified for all of these priorities are the city's general fund, enterprise funds, water/sewer funds, Measure O moneys and storm drain funds.
Hampton said that the council is mindful of potential overspending because Measure O will eventually sunset.
"We want to make sure we don't overspend," he said.
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