Los Angeles Sheriff’s Will Mount DUI Saturation Patrols on Superbowl Sunday

first_imglatest #1 Los Angeles Sheriff’s Will Mount DUI Saturation Patrols on Superbowl Sunday On Sunday, February 1, 2015 Published on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 11:03 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving? Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the California Office of Traffic Safety and Police, Sheriffs, the California Highway Patrol are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking or driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment effects. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail will be conducting roving DUI saturation patrols during and following Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup. The DUI operations will be at undisclosed locations within the cities of Bellflower and Norwalk where collision data reveals high incidents of DUI crashes and arrests.According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, there were 867 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in California –29 percent of all crash fatalities in the state. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit. This February 1, don’t become another tragic Super Bowl stat.Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.OTS is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. Available for iPhone and Android. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, http://twitter.com/#!/OTS_CA, www.ots.ca.gov.As a Driver Plan Ahead with These Tips– Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins.– Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver.– Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.– Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Community Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Charter flight case ‘dragging on too long’

first_imgTwitter THE case involving Pamela Hickey, charged with illegal chartering of aircraft to bring Munster rugby fans to away games, is “dragging on too long”, Judge Tom O’Donnell has warned.Inspector Gerry Horan told the court that the DPP and the State required a two week adjournment. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Solicitor John Devane said that he had spoken to garda investigating the matter and that the likelihood was that the book of evidence would not be ready for some time, so his client, subject to the courts approval, would consent to a date in early September. Judge O’Donnell questioned the delay and Inspector Horan replied that there were “two, possibly three, charges, and that the the gardai were awaiting the book of evidence”.Mr Devane said that his client wished to face the matters “forthright and fairly”. Judge O’Donnell remanded the case to September 2 and marked it peremptory against the State, noting that it was “dragging on too long” Pamela Hickey, aged 37, with an address at Ashford, Patrickswell, is charged with three counts relating to Munster rugby matches in September 2004 and January 2005. She is charged with obtaining a service by deception by chartering flights through Monarch Airlines from Shannon to Gatwick on September 3 and 4, 2004 and January 15 and 16, 2005. Ms Hickey is also charged with creating a false document on the January date. Facebook WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsCharter flight case ‘dragging on too long’By admin – June 22, 2010 749 Emailcenter_img Print Advertisement Linkedin Previous article11 changes for Ireland team to face AustraliaNext articleCasey has a “Big Bang” punch in line for French opposition adminlast_img read more

Honduras and Colombia Sign a Mutual Overflight Agreement to Combat Small Drug Planes

first_img The Honduran and Colombian Air Forces signed a cooperation agreement to combat illegal flights that cross the airspace of the two nations and of the Caribbean and Central American region. With this agreement, both Air Forces will have the possibility of flying in each other’s airspace. During the now-concluded F-AIR Colombia 2011 exhibition, the commander of the Colombian Air Force (FAC), Gen. Julio Alberto González, and the commander of the Honduran Air Force (FAH), Col. Ruis Pastor Landa, signed the operational cooperation agreement that will enable the two forces to exchange experiences in the fight against drug trafficking. “It’s an agreement that, in union with one that we have with Mexico, with Guatemala, and in the future with El Salvador, is going to deny Caribbean and Central American airspace to illegal traffic headed to the United States,” the FAC commander, General González, declared. According to official information, the agreement is the result of joint work over three years by several Central American intelligence agencies and Air Forces, together with those of Colombia and the United States, which found that Honduran airspace has been frequently used by drug traffickers to transport drugs to Mexico and the United States. “We want to draw on the experience of our brothers in the FAC and do our part,” said the head of the FAH, Colonel Landa, who also praised the Colombian Air Force’s capabilities in its fight against illegal flights. The new agreement will enable the FAC to follow illegal traffic in Honduran airspace up to the moment the plane lands, in those cases in which Honduras is unable to do so. In the same way, Colombian intelligence platforms will also be able to identify the landing sites of these irregular planes. El Salvador would benefit from this kind of cooperation, since it does not currently have the necessary fighter-plane capability, due to the fact that its planes are grounded because of budgetary shortfalls, cost savings, or the lack of needed repairs, to intercept small drug planes or other kinds of planes or ships that pass through its political jurisdiction, in either its airspace or its territorial waters. By Dialogo August 18, 2011last_img read more

Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a ‘Trade Secret’

first_imgJust how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy?The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York State, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.”The Red Cross’ “trade secret” argument has persuaded the state to redact some material, though it’s not clear yet how much since the documents haven’t yet been released.As we’ve reported, the Red Cross releases few details about how it spends money after big disasters. That makes it difficult to figure out whether donor dollars are well spent.The Red Cross did give some information about Sandy spending to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had been investigating the charity. But the Red Cross declined our request to disclose the details.So we filed a public records request for the information the Red Cross provided to the attorney general’s office.That’s where the law firm Gibson Dunn comes in.An attorney from the firm’s New York office appealed to the attorney general to block disclosure of some of the Sandy information, citing the state Freedom of Information Law’s trade secret exemption.The documents include “internal and proprietary methodology and procedures for fundraising, confidential information about its internal operations, and confidential financial information,” wrote Gabrielle Levin of Gibson Dunn in a letter to the attorney general’s office.If those details were disclosed, “the American Red Cross would suffer competitive harm because its competitors would be able to mimic the American Red Cross’s business model for an increased competitive advantage,” Levin wrote.The letter doesn’t specify who the Red Cross’ “competitors” are.The Red Cross is a public charity and occupies a unique place responding to disasters alongside the federal government.Among the sections of the documents the Red Cross wanted redacted was “a two-line title” at the top of a page, one line of which was “American Red Cross.”The attorney general’s office denied that redaction, writing that it “can not find disclosure of this two line title will cause the Red Cross any economic injury.”Asked about the effort to have Sandy materials kept secret, Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego told ProPublica: “We sought to keep confidential a small part of the letter [sent to the AG] that provided proprietary information important to maintaining our ability to raise funds and fulfill our mission.”Doug White, a nonprofit expert who directs the fundraising management program at Columbia University, said that it’s possible for nonprofits to have trade interests—the logo of a university, for example—but it’s not clear what a “trade secret” would be in the case of the Red Cross. He called the lawyer’s letter an apparent “delaying tactic.”Ben Smilowitz of the Disaster Accountability Project, a watchdog group, said,“Invoking a ‘trade secret’ exemption is not something you would expect from an organization that purports to be ‘transparent and accountable.’”In agreeing to withhold some details, the attorney general’s office found that portions of the documents the charity wanted to redact “describe business strategies, internal operational procedures and decisions, and the internal deliberations and decision-making processes that affect fundraising and the allocation of donations.”The attorney general’s office also found “that this information is proprietary and constitutes trade secrets, and that its disclosure would cause the Red Cross economic injury and put the Red Cross at an economic disadvantage.”Another section the Red Cross wanted redacted was a paragraph that noted the charity’s “willingness to meet with the [Office of the Attorney General.]” The attorney general’s office denied that part of the requestBorrego, the Red Cross spokeswoman, declined to say how much the charity is paying Gibson Dunn but said, “we do not use funds restricted to Superstorm Sandy to cover those expenses.”We’ll let you know when we get the documents we asked for 2014 at least the parts that aren’t trade secrets.If you have experience with or information about the American Red Cross, including its operations after Sandy, email [email protected] articles: Read our other coverage about how the Red Cross’ post-storm spending on Sandy is a black box. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

5 tips to up your public speaking game

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details She realized she tried to short-cut the process, not because of laziness but because of nerves. Her second speech was better; she completed it but still had a lot of work to do. Each subsequent speech was an improvement upon the previous. To her surprise and to the delight of her classmates, this young woman had a refreshing air of confidence by the end of the semester.  On the other end of the spectrum was a retired professional athlete, who I had not had the pleasure of coaching. I had seen him in action on the playing field and after games at press conferences. His confidence was unrivaled, not arrogant but professional. As an entrepreneur with a new business, he was invited to deliver the keynote at a large awards dinner. No doubt, his name on the ticket was the reason the event sold out quickly. Anticipation filled the room as he approached the stage. His business talk began with a relevant sports analogy. Within a few minutes, however, it became obvious that he had no game plan for this arena. It appeared he had not thoroughly prepared for this new sport. His message became redundant and his key point was lost. I think he knew it, too, but could not get out of his own way. It was painful to watch.  While choosing death over speaking in public seems extreme, as a Public Speaking coach and teacher, I can attest to having witnessed intense fear as well as the pitfalls of overconfidence. Midway through a speech, a very nervous college student ran out of the classroom crying. Fear had gotten the best of her. She only took the course because it was required. I paused the class, went down the hall to find my student, and talked her off the ledge. I let her describe her anxiety, and then addressed each concern with a question. Did you prepare? Did you practice? What was your self-talk prior to taking the stage? How could you have mitigated nervousness? Did you apply the strategies we discussed in class?  Comedian Jerry Seinfeld joked that because Public Speaking ranked higher than death on a list of fears, many would choose death over speaking in public. Consider the cost to your career or your organization if fear causes you to avoid making presentations. Speaking engagements provide opportunities to boost credibility, make direct personal connections with many individuals at one time, and advance your mission or sell your product.  Like writing, there is a process to preparing for oral presentations. No amount of confidence will make up for a lack of preparation. The reason many audiences lose interest in presentations is because the presenter lacks organization or a well-crafted game plan. Coincidentally, careful organization and preparation increases confidence and quells nerves.   I entered the speakers’ circuit after spending decades communicating from behind a microphone in the confines of a broadcast booth. Like many, the challenge of addressing a live audience freaked me out, so I embraced it and embarked on a lifelong study of the art and science of Public Speaking. I developed a formula for communication practices that would meet the needs of both budding and seasoned professionals because there’s always room to up your game. Here are five tips to help get you started:If fear is gripping you, try turning off the negative chatter box in your head. Rather than thinking “I’m not the best subject matter expert,” “I’ll bore the audience,” “I’ll probably forget half of what I want to say,” etc., feed yourself positive thoughts: “I’m confident my approach to this topic will inspire the audience.” “I know this subject so well that I can fluidly deliver it in an easy-to-grasp manner.” “I’ve practiced and I know the three points I want to make, so my audience will hear my complete message.” Prepare and practice. Regardless of how well you know the topic, you must prepare every step of the presentation, especially the closing remarks. I coach speakers on my three-by-three method for organizing a presentation. Check your expectations. One hundred percent audience buy-in is not realistic. Shoot for one hundred percent respect. Never make assumptions about your audience without thoroughly doing your homework. Learn as much about your audience as possible before preparing your talk in order to address it properly. You are the presentation, not your PowerPoint. Use PowerPoint as a visual aid, not as a teleprompter. Don’t Let Microsoft Co-opt Your Presentation.  I have hundreds more tips …wait for it, in my handy pocket guide, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations. My Speaking for Successprogram is designed to help professionals at every level increase confidence, exude credibility, and speak with conviction.last_img read more

Wanted California pedophile located in the Florida Keys

first_imgThe Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that they have located a suspect who is wanted in California for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child.39-year-old Jason David Adams was located in Big Pine Key on Thursday.It was not said what led to his arrest, however, officials did report that he was located at a construction site.Adams was taken to the Stock Island Detention Center where he is awaiting extradition to California.He faces a charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.last_img read more

City Manager Greg Sundin celebrates retirement

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Folks from around the community arrived at city hall in Alpena to commemorate the retirement of Greg Sundin as he passed the torch to new city manager, Rachel Smolinski. Sundin became permanent manager in 2013 after Thad Taylor was fired from the position in 2012.Sundin says when he arrived things were in turmoil, but he and his colleagues were able to keep things together. “”The fact that we were able to keep the ship of state stable and move us forward the way we have,” he said. “Getting through difficult economic times without having to eliminate any employees, maintain services at a high level, I think we’re very proud of that.”The thing Sundin said what he is going to miss the most was his great staff and the people he’s had the pleasure of working with. “It’s time, but at the same time it’s going to be leaving a lot of people that I’ve worked with for a long time and have really become friends so that’ll be hard. I know I’m around and I’ll see them but it won’t be the same. It will be a new chapter in my life.”Rachel Smolinski has officially taken over as of 5 p.m. on Friday. She comes from harbor springs and has been getting ready for her new position by working with Sundin for the past few weeks. Sundin says she is extremely committed and has seen her show a lot of initiative. “She obviously has a learning curve, as we all do when we come into something new, but I think she’s going to make a shorter one than maybe a lot of people think and I think she’s going to be a good fit with the city.”Retirement is going to provide Sundin with a lot of spare time, and he says he plans to travel to Africa with his daughter next year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena townshipContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona Elementary holds Christmas concertNext Local Alpena Family is Closing a Chapter on a Christmas Traditionlast_img read more

Wellington Council directs clerk to produce 2016 budget with 3-mill increase

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Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago Thanks for the write-up of what went on in the work session last Wednesday. I believe you were the only press member present and otherwise the information may not have gotten out to the public till much much later. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Dead Broke · 265 weeks ago The cost of doing business, that is what is killing the City of Wellington. So, its another property tax increase for the hard working soon to be broke citizens of Wellington. There is just no way around it because of poor management on the City of Wellington’s part now we have to bail out the City to maintain a good bond rating. One thing holds true to the City of Wellington and that is we are “taxed very well”! Who in their right mind would want to move to and live in Wellington? Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down paycheck 2 paycheck · 265 weeks ago So how much does a 3 mill increase cost a property owner? Why is it that boards and counsels always direct these types of penalty tax at home owners? Why not adjust the utilities, at least that way EVERYONE pays. Another example of failed representation. Report Reply 4 replies · active 265 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 265 weeks ago I understand the need to regain ground, I even get all the cuts and wage freezes. What I don’t get is why we need to make it all back in one year when it took years to make the problem. The same can be said with the hospital. These aren’t problems that popped up this year. They have been building for the last twenty years. It seems insane to me that we have to correct the whole problem NOW! Talk of closing the hospital, farming out EMS and police duties to the county. What kind of city will we have left? Take all that away and all we have is sewer, water, streets and a lot of trash. I am for an electric increase also. Please leave my property taxes alone. My house is the only thing I own. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago Tonight’s meeting of the Council, Mayor, City Manager and Health Authority Board (I gather) will be an executive session which I understand means no press present, no citizens unless approved by council, and mayor, city manager. Save yourself the trip unless you have been approved prior or you have some certainty you will be approved before they go into executive session shortly after council meeting starts. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago FYI, There is one group that may not be paying for actual utilities used and it would be interesting to know how their usage is calculated. The 92 or 96 residents of Wheat Capital Manor pay one lump sum monthly for rent and utilities (H20, electricity, trash, sewer). Frankly, what some pay for their lump sum is what I paid in the 70’s for all those items as a student. I would have little concern about what they pay if there was some conservation/education effort directed at that group. I know personally that some have little concern for how much H2O, electricity, sewer they use. They know they will not be asked to pay more because of their one defined cost per month. What is the agreement that the city has with this HUD housing entity? Does the city get one lump sum payment for utility usage regardless of how much is used? It would be interesting to know. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down living not well · 265 weeks ago I for one have lived in this city for most of my life, having moved away for 13 plus years. I brought my family back here because it was a town I believed in and loved. When we moved back here I was in shock as to the loss of business downtown, how run down it was looking, just many things. Then the taxes, between them and the utilities, we are honestly having to look for another town to move to. We bought our home, we both work great jobs, we don’t live off the system, we pay our taxes. We are going broke living here, instead of saving for home repairs, we are saving more and more for taxes, utilities. I know they say that we are less then most cities in these issues, but I am here to tell you living in a big city, little suburb, and here, this is by far the most expensive place we have lived. They are pushing the “small” people out. The people who truly are hard working, home owning citizens are going broke. My home taxes have gone up every year, I’m ready to kill my lawn and trash it so that my taxes will go down for a while. (not really going to do that but seriously). Its just getting really out of hand for those of us who don’t have a lot and do work hard. Kudos to those of you who can make it. Live well Live Wellington…REALLY??? we definitely need to change this logo. We could’ve said this years ago when downtown was booming. Businesses are struggling to stay afloat here as well. I have talked to several who wont be able to stay in business if taxes and utilities keep rising. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down lisa mary · 265 weeks ago Why not just spend less money across the board and lay off “pet projects” and run things like you would run a tight family? Rebuild the prudent reserves, then never spend like a rogue cartel lord again. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 265 weeks ago If the Hospital can`t pay there bills ,close it. Quit throwing money it` and the Airport , or let those that use the Airport , support it.. Let the golf course start getting some revenue from the pro-shop. I would certainly like to own a business that the city would furnish a building and pay my utilities. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 265 weeks ago I have a question…and maybe somebody can answer this….Why are we supporting the run way fund for the airport??? Does Wellington citizens use the runway for anything besides the couple families here that can afford to buy a plane??? This is a waste of funds…those families that use it…need to pay for it all….not us whom will never use it… Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has directed City Clerk Shane Shields to prepare a budget calling for a 3 mill increase from the previous year t0 city property tax owners.The increase is expected to generate $120,000 in revenue to go into the city general fund and will offset possible increases in the electric rates which have yet to be addressed by the council.The council is hoping to build back the utility reserve fund in hopes of not affecting the city bond rating (see story here). The council hopes to build the reserves from $5.5 million back to $8.5 million.The directive was given to Shields at Wednesday afternoon’s work session at the council chambers. Earlier this year, the council increased the water and sewer rates.Shields will now complete the preliminary hearing and will present the budget for a “Notice of hearing.” That will be sent to the legal publication two weeks before the budget is completed. The public hearing and the finalized budget vote will be held by the council at its August 18 meeting.The 3-mill proposed increase will also include several cuts in the general fund. The proposals for the 2016 general fund budget is as follows:•The ambulance and fire department is having a decrease in property tax expenditures from $93,605 to $35,430.•The Library is requesting the same budget as in 2015 at $225,284.•Special Liability fund will remain the same with contingency at $72,674.•The hospital sales tax fund is budgeted to increase from $1.26 to $1.49 million due to the implementation of a half cent sales tax in April 2015 and approved by voters in November.•There is no increase in the special city highway fund and will delay a $200,000 purchase of a street sweeper.•There is a slight decrease in the special alcohol and drug program.•The special parks and recreation fund will be the same with three items planned for 2016 at a cost of $10,500 that includes playground mulch, picnic tables and Woods Park bridge repair.•The tourism and convention business goes from $32,000 to $25,000, with $10,000 going to the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, $10,000 going to the Wheat Festival promotion and $5,000 to other groups.•An increase of $121,440 in bond and interest with budgeted reimbursement payments from Sumner Regional Medical Center for boilers and other infrastructure made in 2010.•A decrease on emergency reserves from $15,000 to $7,000 for capital outlay general services and $65,000 to $10,000 for capital outlay expenditures for the police department.•A decrease in capital improvement expenditures including $20,000 for a pool slide.•The subsidy from the general fund for 2015 increased to $72,900 from the original budget of $57,500. A transfer of $90,000 to golf course capital improvements were removed which eliminated three proposed purchases of equipment for 2016.•An slight increase in sanitation collection expenditures.•The airport includes a $270,000 expense for the runway project should the FAA grant be awarded, although, an outside source of funding would have to be found. The $270,000 is the 10 percent city cost for the project.Revenue projections without a mill increase is $8.3 million and expenditures at $8.2 million.The council gave a directive to Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert to freeze all city employee salaries as is and to eliminate positions based on attrition.Shields said at this time, no changes in overtime have been budgeted. That was briefly mentioned at the work session Wednesday with Eckert saying he is going to talk to the department heads concerning the matter.The big issue will be surrounding the hospital. A work session was scheduled for today. Shields told the council that any money coming from the hospital will be budgeted as a net gain.The work session was attended by all council members except Kip Etter. Council member Jim Valentine left after the first hour of the two-hour meeting.Follow us on Twitter.last_img