A conservative budget for 2011 is the name of the game for Dublin, but there is one area the city's not afraid to spend money on.

A conservative budget for 2011 is the name of the game for Dublin, but there is one area the city's not afraid to spend money on.

During the second 2011 budget workshop on Nov. 17, Dublin City Council members said economic development in the city is a priority.

After Dublin's deputy city manager and director of economic development Dana McDaniel gave council members a rundown on the proposed $4.6-million budget for the economic development department, he was urged to make sure he had enough help.

The four-member department eliminated a part-time economic development administrator in favor of a full-time position.

Council member Michael Keenan said the department has "exhausting" plans for 2011.

"I want to make sure, do you have proper staffing," Keenan asked.

According to the 2011 proposed budget, the economic development department plans to continue to try to retain, grow and attract business to the city, but other plans are also in the works.

One objective for next year is to "build upon the success of the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center and implement a Center for Global Business Development and relations," the budget said.

According to McDaniel, the new department is an international "play on the DEC." Extending into the international market will help lure companies from other countries and link them with local businesses, he added.

"We haven't tapped into that yet and this would be appropriate to do that," McDaniel said. "We have just barely scratched the surface."

With several projects, including the development of the Bridge Street Corridor, in the works for 2011, council members asked McDaniel if he needed more staff to do the work.

McDaniel said he originally asked for a different staffing arrangement, but can do with one more economic development administrator.

Interim city manager and finance director Marsha Grigsby said McDaniel could fill the new position, then evaluate his staffing needs and go from there.

"I think it's more of a statement," Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said. "I do want to make a statement that to me this is the most important work to be done."

The cost of the mosquito program also drew conversation from council members.

Streets and utilities director Ron Burns said the Franklin County Board of Health will no longer subsidize the mosquito program and the cost will rise from $9,000 annually to $43,000.

Chinnici-Zuercher asked about having the city perform mosquito responsibilities itself, but Burns said the cost in 2007 would have been $38,000 and it would be "a lesser service than we have now."

The Franklin County Board of Health can get testing results for West Nile Virus within 24 to 48 hours and Burns said it would take two to three weeks for the city to get results.

Franklin County is one of the few areas to still offer a program outside of lakeside and southern cities, McDaniel said.

"We're one of the few major metropolitan areas still doing this," he said, adding that Pittsburgh and Indianapolis don't have mosquito programs.

Dublin City Council members plan to vote on the 2011 budget on Dec. 6.