The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of November Tuesday (11-18) at Hempstead Hall. The board opened the meeting by approving a request to allow two out of city residents to hook on to city waste water lines. Cathy Sanders and Janice Hill of Highway 29 South made the request. The property is located adjacent to the sanitation lines. The board looked at a proposed budget for 2015. City Manager Catherine Cook noted the draft was balanced thanks to bringing up about $100,000 in reserves to the general fund and $80,000 for the sanitation budget. Cook noted they expect county sales tax revenues to be about 10% down and city sales tax to be flat or slightly down. The board did discuss possible other revenue sources such as a possible increase in franchise taxes and uncollected court fines. The board went through the budget page by page. At the end the board looked at capital outlay which included debt service, a metal roof for the public works building, and aerial photography. Also a pick -up for the landfill is needed to replace one with well over 200, 000 miles. Capital Outlay for the general fund includes a mobile app, a portion of a generator at the city radio tower, a server for the police department, and one body – worn camera for the police. There is about $41,000 from reserves in capital outlay. No action was taken on the budget. The Mayor said that after the first of the year hopefully they could at least look at one – time bonuses at some point in 2015. Under the city manager’s meeting Catherine Cook talked about the annual employee mandatory meeting December 19th and the board voted to give employees a $100 Christmas bonus. The final item discussed was Union Pacific’s announcement that the speed limit of trains coming through will increase from 35 miles an hour to 60. The speed increase will begin in late December and will increase 5 miles per hour weekly until it reaches 60.