ONE “NO” ALL NIGHT!
LEAD, A DORMER & A SCULPTURE
LNP’s reporter Tim Stuhldreher was at both Monday’s City Council Committee Meeting and last night’s City Council meeting. Where are his reports? I thought LNP was in the news business?
Some notable other events from last night’s meeting:
— The city received an award of $9.7 million from the state for lead remediation. Mayor Sorace said it will be used on 710 units over the next five years.
— Council voted to make October LGBTQ+ History Month.
— Mayor Sorace gave a proclamation making this Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
— City Council voted to overturn the Historic Commission thus allowing the owner of 316 West Chestnut Street to use synthetic material on his third floor dormer. The only “No” vote of the entire meeting came on this issue from councilman Pete Soto who also voted against the last dormer/synthetic material issue. And to Catherine Peck, who came to complain again last night, if you’ve been on the Historic Commission Board for 12 years, it’s time for you to go. I still want to know how LNP was allowed to tear down three buildings for their Marriott Expansion.
— Council voted to give the “Fallen Firefighter” sculpture to retired City Firefighter Clyde Snyder and said it will be placed outside of Clipper Stadium. Snyder was the model for the sculpture when it was made. Mayor Sorace said at Monday’s meeting that the city valued its worth at less than one thousand dollars.
— And, of course, as noted this morning council voted to hire PFM Group to study the city finances. There was no question they would. Patrick Hopkins said at Monday’s meeting they already had plans to get together and get to work. That was before council’s approval but did anyone ever doubt council would approve it? There will be more on that to come.
Mayor Sorace told city council last night that the city is not in financial distress but the city has raised property taxes eight of the last 14 years and she stated that is not sustainable.
That is not what she told city council in May when the city entered a state program for distressed cities and put of Request for Proposals for a financial consultant to review city finances.
Council agreed to hire the PFM Group at a cost of $124,975 last night. They expect to receive the report in February.
In an extremely strange twist, both council financial chair Chris Ballentine and Patrick Hopkins were absent from last night’s meeting.
Please check back later today.