The Rosemead City Council approved a nearly $36 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14 at its Tuesday night meeting.
The budget was balanced for the fifth year in a row, said City Manager Jeff Allred.
Balancing the budget also impressed Mayor Polly Low.
“At this time I think it is pretty amazing we can have a balanced budget,” she said.
The ongoing operations of the general fund budget of nearly $19 million are balanced with no surplus for the upcoming fiscal year. Consequently, a full scope of services to residents will be continued without service reductions.
IN OTHER COUNCIL NEWS:
Rosemead Queen Taymar Quezada was introduced to the council. Quezada is a junior at Rosemead High School, where she plays tennis, track and soccer and sings in the choir. She also has a 4.0 grade point average.
The council voted to place liens on properties where the owner is delinquent in not paying the trash bill. The liens will go into effect on June 28.
The council approved continued funding of a school resource officer at Rosemead High School in conjunction with the El Monte Union High School District.
The council also approved the Traffic Commission's recommendation to install traffic calming measures and striping plans in the vicinity of Rosemead Place and Earlswood Drive.
The council gave approval to negotiate to extend street sweeping services with Athens Services for two more years. That company’s current agreement with the city is set to expire June 30.
Funding is for the purchase of two new utility dump trucks for use in public works operational activities was approved by the council. The purchase of these new trucks will replace two trucks, which are more than 20 years old.
In addition, members of the public are now encouraged to report abandoned shopping carts directly to the retrieval contractor at (800) 252-4613, or to the city’s Public Works Department at (626) 569-2262.
This information will be disseminated to the public in the city’s Rosemead Resources newsletter, on the City’s website www.cityofrosemead.org and through informational flyers.