The Gig Harbor City Council held its first budget work session Monday night on the 2014 preliminary budget, and one department that is looking for additional funds is the municipal court.
Court administrator Stacy Colberg told the council she’s looking for $16,500 for an armed police officer at the entrance of the court. Colberg surveyed other municipal courts statewide and estimated the labor based on responses from other courts.
Colberg laid out three options: Hiring a private agency, using an on-duty officer or using off-duty officers.
City council member Derek Young said he had “strong feelings” against hiring an outside agency. After discussion between council and Police Chief Mike Davis, Colberg said she will offer the bid to the police guild for off-duty officers.
Council member Tim Payne said he wanted a further assessment of the salary for security.
“I’m all for this,” he said, but added he wanted to see more information about the level of funding.
Davis went through an overview of the police department’s budget. He said the departments needs to replace two desktop computers and to replace squad cars that each have more than 100,000 miles.
Due to the nature of police work, squad cars drive at varying speeds and idle for “a majority of their life,” he said.
City Marketing Director Karen Scott said her division is looking for funds for video broadcasting in the latter half of 2014, near the 2015 U.S. Open in University Place. In addition, she hopes to re-establish Gig Harbor’s relationship with the Kitsap Peninsula’s Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Planning Director Jennifer Kester said her office is seeing more complicated permits. This year, planning is looking to hire a clerk to help with filing and organization. That would allow planning to reorganize and change duties of assistants and permit technicians, Kester said.
Paul Rice, building official and fire marshal, said the building department wants funding for a new vehicle, possibly an efficient pickup truck.
The council will hold a second budget work session on Oct. 28.