More Ethical and Fiscal Seizures Tonight!
Special Council Meeting Tonight at 7pm
Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called a special meeting of the City Council tonight.
Two items are on the agenda, one in open session and the other behind closed doors.
The first is a continuation of the debate from last week’s regular meeting regarding two and a half million dollars in money shifting within the FY2010 budget moving dollars from overfunded line items into underfunded line items. Critics charge the money changing is no different than how former Mayor Dave Roberts moved millions around before the close of the fiscal year to make the budget appear more sound than it is. Now Zimmer is doing it, with the blessing of outgoing fiscal monitor Judy Tripodi. The council approved only part of the money last week, and will be asked to move the rest tonight. Why the rush? Why an emergency meeting?
The Mayor wants it done before her appointment Wednesday with the Local Finance Board.
Closed session for “contracts” (New Municipal Garage?)
Following a vote on the one open session item the public will have a chance to speak before the council goes into executive session to discuss “contracts”. What contracts you ask? Zimmer’s agenda doesn’t say. We hear a contract to buy or lease land for a new Municipal Garage may be discussed. Will the garbage trucks and snow plows be coming to your neighborhood? City Hall still isn’t saying. The Zimmer administration wants the location kept quiet until there is nothing the public can do to stop it. At the next regular meeting a hearing and final vote will be held on nearly $2 million in borrowing to build a temporary garage structure, but the city refuses to say where.
Tonight’s “emergency” meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall.