Northwest Observer

Preview: Oak Ridge Town Council meeting, Sept. 7

OAK RIDGE – At its upcoming meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7, Oak Ridge Town Council plans to consider approving the town’s annual engagement letter with finance officer Sam Anders.

As the town’s finance officer, Anders prepares Oak Ridge’s monthly and annual financial statements. He’s proposing an hourly rate of $110 in the contract that runs through June 24, 2024. Anders is an Oak Ridge-based accountant and the town’s assistant fire chief.

In other business, the council plans to consider moving $20,000 from the town’s general fund to the restricted fund earmarked for the Conserving Oak Ridge through Easements grant fund.

The council established the fund in 2022 to help property owners offset the legal and other costs of protecting land and historic properties with easements. Since none of the $20,000 set aside for grants in last fiscal year’s budget was spent, town staff requested the money be appropriated this fiscal year. Another $20,000 is budgeted this fiscal year, boosting the fund to $40,000 if the council approves the transfer, according to a Sept. 1 memo by Town Manager Bill Bruce.

Separately, the council plans to consider adopting a proclamation declaring Sept. 30 as Arbor Day and another proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

want to attend/watch?

The 7 p.m. meeting at Town Hall this Thursday, Sept. 7, is open to the public. The meeting will be livestreamed on the town’s YouTube channel. For more information, visit



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