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Budget process under way

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The various departments of the city and organizations supported by the city are working on budgets for the upcoming year.

Mark Buschkamp, director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, requested that the Cherokee City Council consider increasing the amount that the city supports CAEDC by 5 percent for the next fiscal year.

Buschkamp said that most of the public entities that support CAEDC have not increased funding since the organization was founded in 1989.

"Our heads are hitting the top of our funding," Buschkamp said.

Buschkamp related the projects CAEDC has been involved in recently and discussed potential future projects. He was asked to elaborate on a future walking trail project.

A walking trail committee has been working with the Cherokee County Conservation Board with the goal of creating a 5 1/2 mile loop that would connect Gillette Park and the high school to a walking trail that already exists at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute grounds.

Buschkamp noted that this would be considered just a start of a long term project to put an extensive trail system in the county.

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