Seelbach on voting yes on emergency clauses:"Everyone always does. Regardless if they vote no on item. But not 100% now."
Quinlivan: fire dept. spending is up 43%, police spending is up 35%; "There is a smart & easier way to (cut) & that's attrition."
Dohoney: "Is reducing the size of public safety an option? Yes, it is." Noted council between 2003-07 added 100 cops chief didn't needed
Quinlivan: "They wanted to do it because it was easier for them politically ... We have to correct their mistakes."
Current size of CPD is 981 sworn personnel, but 84 are eligible for retirement.
Dohoney on CPD size: "If we're going to make adjustments, I need a clear policy directive. I don't feel I have that."
Council passes motion to ask Dohoney & police chief on what appropriate size of CPD should be going forward.
City Council has taken a break to attend a press conference called by Qualls & Simpson on immigration; will reconvene at 2 pm
Critics of pkg plan: Council members using pkg plan to avoid making budget cuts until after they are safely elected to 4-yr terms this fall
Resident Ken Anderson before council: "What is the emergency?" Re: emergency clause, "It's a matter of voter suppression."
City spokeswoman points out the Solicitor John Curp doesn't add anything unilaterally to ordinances; only does so based on council requests
Council mtg hasn't begun. Heard various speakers -- mostly on immigration -- then took a recess. It's now 34 mins & counting past start time
Council members mulling on dais, talking to one another; meeting still hasn't begun.
Council meeting is now underway at 2:48 pm.
Mayor Mallory admonishes crowd to not applaud, after it did when immigration motion formally introduced.
Immigration resolution expresses the city's commitment to improve quality of life for immigrants by promoting public safety & family unity
Not surprisingly, resolution passes unanimously. Despite earlier warnings, crowd applauds loudly.
Cecil Thomas: "If you think about it, we're all immigrants except fortune Native Americans." mayor Mallory: "This is true."
Cecil Thomas: "If you think about it, we're all immigrants except Native Americans." Mayor Mallory: "This is true."
Council takes another break as crowd leaves the chambers.
At 3:11 pm, we're back in session.
City's reply to Feb. 26 inquiry about then a pkg vote should occur: "As with any item before them, council decides when to advance an item."
Council is taking care of various perfunctory items on agenda before dealing with pkg.
Mallory: Will vote on appropriation part of pkg deal first; documents are being prepared, weren't submitted as requested on Monday
Another break is taken at meeting as documents are prepared correctly, so council may vote.
Vote on parking lease itself is about to be taken, now that documents are prepared. Will do lease first.
Smitherman: "This is a short-term fix." Similar to use of one-time Convergys payment to balance budget in 2012.
Winburn: Should have sold city's railway instead. "Rates are going to double, triple, I don't care what they say."
Thomas to Winburn & others: It's your job to try to persuade other council members to back your plan.
Smitherman publicly thanks Qualls for making sure Finance Committee's direction on separating items was carried out.
Winburn to Qualls: "Your word is good and you are good."
Mallory jokes to Winburn: "Was that an endorsement?"
Winburn: Still upset @ no bond documents. "When you buy a car or a house or property, you have all the documents at closing."
Thomas: Council never has bond documents @ this stage in process of deciding on issues of this nature.
Quinlivan: All questions about issue were answered. Doesn't want layoffs. "On balance, this pkg deal that's been negotiated is a good one."
Quinlivan: City can't afford to take care of garages it has. "State law prevents us from unlocking the true value of our system."
Quinlivan: Need to make a 5% to 10% cut in public safety spending to make city budget structurally balanced going forward.
Seelbach: Will oppose plan. "I just simply think there's a better way to do it."
Simpson: "We're playing a dangerous shell game when we say no to all of the alternatives."
Simpson: "We need to continue to make investments in growth, it works... We can't let fear cloud our judgment, we have to lead through it."
Council votes 5-4 to approve lease, and 6-3 to add emergency clause.