- Eyes On
The inability to take action topped the action of Mondayâ€™s Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
Council faced two money ordinances tagged as emergencies â€“ a temporary appropriations ordinance to start fiscal year 2014, totaling more than $10 million through more than three dozen funds; and a supplemental appropriations ordinance totaling $177,000 to adjust seven different funds.
Councilman Jim Neumeier voted no on each motion to suspend the rules, effectively halting the legislation. Each ordinance required a suspension of the rules to allow it be read as emergencies, a needed step to allowing the ordinances to be adopted Monday night without the required three readings.
With the absence of Councilor Dan Graf, the resulting 5-1 vote was not a majority enough to allow the rules be suspended and the ordinances read as emergencies. Six votes were needed.
Neumeierâ€™s displeasure was nothing new. The councilman has often voiced his desire to receive emergency legislation the Friday prior to Mondayâ€™s meeting. He said he found these ordinances in his stack of information when arriving for the meeting and refused to take action before having a chance to review the pending legislation.
â€śThe emergency weâ€™ve got is we canâ€™t get what we want in a timely manner,â€ť Neumeier said. â€śWhat council asks for we never get.â€ť
Neumeier pointed out the temporary appropriations ordinance listed the names of former councilors; the only information updated was the year in the title.
â€śThis is the same ordinance from six years ago,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s the same one we pass every year. It wasnâ€™t just prepared today.â€ť
Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said he asks the city auditor, Gail Walters, to prepare the legislation in the timeline requested by council.
â€śIf she does it, she does it,â€ť he said. Council President Steve Henderson offered to reach out to Walters to ask her to work within councilâ€™s requests for timely information.
The non-action on the two ordinances requires council to meet in special section before the end of the year. Mayor Rod Metz scheduled that meeting for Dec. 26, at 6:30 p.m., prior to the finance committee meeting.