The Monett City Council approved its budget and its new parking lot ordinance during a special meeting last week.
The $31.9 million spending plan, calling for only maintenance and repairs spending in lieu of new capital improvement projects, was adopted following public input at the regular meeting in March.
"We made it by a week," commended Mayor Jim Orr.
No additional comments were made by council members on the spending plan, or any changes.
The parking lot ordinance raised no additional public comments. Council members then moved immediately to adopt the plan.
City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the new lot on Fifth Street where the old police station had been will have signs posted stating, "Parking by permit only, vehicles will be towed."
All 33 parking spaces in the new lot are numbered and will be available by lease to downtown businesses. Verbal agreements had been reached with the lessors, Pyle said.
Signs will arrive sometime in April for the other city parking lots, none of which have been identified with postings previously. New rules dictate how the lots can be used weekdays during business hours. Lots can still be used for public festivals through arrangements with the city.
With the change of season, three part-time employees have returned to work at the municipal golf course. Bill Gorman and Gaylen McCubbin are back. Joining them is new employee Matt O'Leary. All three will be employed through the end of the golf season in November.
There were no changes in full-time employment by the city in the past two months, according to Lisa Crawford, payroll supervisor.