Council sets budget priorities for the new fiscal year

The new fiscal year for the City of Cuba began July 1, with anticipated spending of over $17 million for Fiscal Year 2019-20.

The city council approved the new budget in June, with expenditures estimated at $17,025,141 for the fiscal year that runs from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Mayor Ray Mortimeyer said he was satisfied with the new budget plan, which includes purchases for city vehicles, equipment for various departments, capital improvement projects, along with earmarks for future construction plans and a 2.7 percent salary increase for city employees. The new budget also includes a revised salary schedule that reflects recommendations from a recent salary study comparing the pay rates for Cuba workers with those of other municipalities.

Fire district looks to take over fire code enforcement

The Cuba Fire District knows a little something about fire codes and regulation standards, and the district wants to put its expertise in that area to good use. Cuba Fire Chief Mike Plank came before the Cuba City Council on July 2 to request that the fire district he manages take over code enforcement matters related to fire safety.

Cuba Ball Program – PHOTO GALLERY

We couldn't get photos of all the teams and kids playing in the Cuba Ball Program summer league at the Cuba Sports Complex, but we took a lot. Almost 80 photos, in fact. We hope you enjoy looking through our gallery of shots.

New charges filed against suspect who fled from police custody

New criminal charges have been filed against a man accused of fleeing from police custody, stealing a truck, and then crashing it into a Cuba police car in March.

Daniel Paul Sanders, 45, of Cuba, had already been charged with two felonies – delivery of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and unlawful use of a weapon (being in possession of both a firearm and controlled substance), a class E felony – in connection with the same incident. Sanders is now also charged with class A felony assault in the first degree, class A felony escape from custody, class D felony property damage in the first degree, class D felony stealing, and class E felony property damage in the first degree.

City hopes to widen Beldon Avenue for better traffic flow

The City of Cuba would like to make street improvements to Beldon Avenue, from the four-way stop at Theresa Street to its intersection at North Franklin. The mayor would love to see the project move quickly and the road work completed over the summer, but it’s unlikely that the project will happen that fast.