Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Should have stayed home and watched live a great ball game. GO ACC!!
The Council meeting was a disaster for me. Not only was the first hour devoted pro and con to Public Comments for the umpteenth time to the Ordinance about mandated paid sick time for employees in a business that has at least 10 employees.
I have always been under the impression that at public comment time that the Council’s own rules state that nonresidents must wait until all residents speak. However the first batch of speakers were nonresidents from town as far away as Trenton pushing their agenda. Almost every speaker was allowed an extra 5 minutes. If such a rule exists the Council President should always enforce it?
The ordinance up for second reading was moved to be placed on next Monday’s agenda with unspecified “amendments. Storch had offered three but I was unable to determine if the Councilors had accepted them. At least one was a substantial change lowering the threshold to 5 employees. I am not sure if it was he or Williams who suggested reducing the noncompliance penalty to $750.00, also a significant change.
Changes in an Ordinance up for second reading unless editorial constitute a change to a new Ordinance and should be reintroduced as such, but the again this Council does not believe in Parliamentarian procedures.
At the end of the business session the 2015 budget was introduced for the Council. As presented it represents a 12 cent (per thousand?) increase over 2014, or $174 for an average taxpayer.
Earlier a resolution hiring a consultant and also one appointing community members to a CBAC were approved for the agenda. I am not sure who will be on it since the Councilors were too often talking to themselves, however I did hear the name of Sharon Robinson-Briggs mentioned by Councilor Tolliver. Because of her demonstrated fiscal and budgetary experienced a good choice
Then began another long public Comment period by the owner of the Restaurant destroyed by the demolition. Somehow she and her backers had the impression that the City had stated that they would make up the cost of her loss and help reestablish her.
She has renters or continuation of business insurance and does not know how to proceed. Under the circumstances, she should receive help in this matter from the City. Everyone is pussyfooting around the possibility that the city could have major liability.
My bad evening continued with my losing my balance by my car in the parking lot and ending up in the ER to have two lacerations over my left eyebrow and a large hematoma closing my left eye. Blogging will be limited this week since besides being one eyed I had been to the orthopedist that morning due to pain in my left shoulder and inability to lift my arm above that level. Since I have restricted motion in y right arm from an older rotator cuff injury I am also having trouble in daily activities. We will work on it.