Who has received CARES Act funds in Livingston?
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Why did the city buy a new building?
2020 has presented a new challenge to the City of Livingston Administration, this year, with the addition of CARES Act revenue. The City has approximately an additional $2,255,000.00 in funds exceeding the 50% General Fund reserve limits established by state law in MCA 7-6-4034, The City Staff believed one effective use of these additional funds was to purchase the old State of Montana building, located at 220 E. Park St. in Livingston and brought the decision before the City Commission with Resolution No. 4929.
The purpose of this purchase was to immediately complete or significantly advance 6 goals in the Livingston
Organizational Strategic Plan, a plan in which the City Commission developed and has tasked the City Manager and staff with the execution of. Specifically:
Goal 1.4 Restructure Organization and Physical Spaces Prioritizing Efficiency & Design Specifically, action 1.4.2. Align Physical Space with Organizational Structure. City staff believes the current footprint of 220 E. Park St. provides and an excellent opportunity to re-locate the City Manager, and assistant, the City Attorney and assistant, the HR Director, the Building and Planning Director, Deputy Planner, Building Inspector, the City Finance Director, Accountant and Utility Billing Staff to one centralized location. This eliminates the $26,000/year expense of leasing the City Finance Office at 110 S. B Street.
Goal 1.4 Restructure Organization and Physical Spaces Prioritizing Efficiency & Design Specifically, action 1.4.3. Pursue efficiencies by combining services with Park County. City Staff believes while the effort to combine HR with Park County failed, the purchase of the building provides the opportunity to increase efficiencies while providing for growth in a manner that is fiscally responsible and provides opportunities to partner with Park County, state agencies, or other organizations. The City has contacted DPHHS and is willing to lease office space to the state at a reduced rate.
Goal 2.1. Establish Operational Reserves in all non-rate supported funds. Action 2.1.1. General Fund goal of 33.33%. The City currently finds itself with a surplus of $2,255,000.00 exceeding that 50% limit set by MCA, to avoid any penalties, surplus funds must be spent. However, this purchase also reduces future annual costs and makes preservation of the General Fund reserve easier to maintain. Our independent auditor just presented the results of their examination of spending in the last fiscal year, with a special section for federal funds including CARES Act – they found no discrepancies.
Goal 2.7 Pursue Cost-Saving Energy Investments: Staff priced the cost of a Solar array placement to the roof of the south-facing side of the 220 E. Park St. building, which would provide for increased energy efficiencies, and reduced electrical costs. An initial estimate projects the solar array could fulfill up to 100% of the building's electrical needs.
Goal 3.1 Personnel/Public Security Category Facilities: The building’s current footprint and layout provide increased security for all staff with staff. This purchase eliminates a stand-alone facility (Finance) and increases safety both through configuration and mutual support.
Goal 4.3. Improve Community Access: While not specifically defined within the framework of the Livingston Organizational Strategic Plan, the City believes the goal of improved community access to City staff can easily be attained by the purchase of 220 E.Park St. The community will be able to access more services in one location and improved parking and ADA access also increase accessibility.
The very mission of the City of Livingston Organizational Strategic Plan reads:
Providing essential services, quality of life opportunities, and maintain what is best about Livingston while providing for growth in a manner that is fiscally responsible with integrity and compassion.
City Staff believes the purchase of the building embraces the greater mission of the Strategic Plan. It is a capital purchase that provides a creative and efficient way to advocate for enhanced services after the significant reduction of State Services which burdens our community with a corresponding increase in services for those vulnerable citizens.
By maintaining space for Child and Family Services, the current tenant of 220 E. Park St., if they maintain that presence in our community and could lead to providing office space for the Office of Public Assistance (SNAP/Food Stamps, Medicaid, TANF cash assistance) and Job Service where those programs mean better outcomes for the children and families in our community.
The Livingston City Commission members and many members of the community have emphasized the importance of maintaining/increasing access to these services provided to those in our community who may not have access to a computer or a phone. City staff believes the purchase of this building would fulfill that need for greater community
access not only to City Staff but to State Services as well.