On December 8th, 2017 received information Muncie City Council changed the date of the January 2018 meeting. Originally scheduled for January 8th it will be held on January 1st New Year’s Day.
Muncie City Council has never held meetings on holidays. Councilperson Doug Marshall said he was informed by the city attorney (not sure which one) having the meeting on January 8 was in violation of City Code 32.33.
Sec. 32.33. Time and place for regular meetings.The first regular meeting of the council shall beheld on the first Monday in January after thegeneral election of the members-elect of the council,at 7:30 p.m. as provided by IC 18-1-3-2. Allregular meetings shall be held on the first Mondayevening of each month at 7:30 p.m. and maybe adjourned at the pleasure of the council. Adjournedmeetings shall have all the force andeffect of regular meetings. Meetings shall be heldin the council chamber, unless otherwise determinedby the president and designated on theagenda.(Code 1968, § 31.14; Ord. No. 620-80, 10-10-80)
As proposed by Tyler, the city would enact a public safety LOIT of 0.25 percent — generating more than $1.5 million a year — and an 0.2 EDIT increase, which would generate more than $1.5 million.
The revenue would go into the city’s general fund, where a portion of it would go to offset another funding loss: The federal SAFER grant, which has in recent years covered the cost of 32 Muncie firefighters, will be cut in half beginning next year, Tyler said. Source: Mayor seeks local income tax increase Star Press 9-1-15
The city was “just notified” that it will receive $2.1 million in SAFER grant funding for two years that begin in February 2016, Tyler said. That’s only enough to pay for 16 of 32 firefighters, he said.
“We have to cover the cost of 16 firefighters,” Tyler said. The department has 110 firefighters. Source: Muncie Star Press 8-31-15
City council passed the animal control ordinance 6-3. Who voted no? Linda, Mark and Brad.
Linda brought up some interesting questions, like why were the salaries included in the ordinance. From what I can tell, the ordinance mirrors Bookout’s proposal word for word. I can’t wait to get my hands on the ordinance.
For some reason City Council feels obligated to favor a person from Albany, Indiana to govern what goes on in the city. Do we go to Yorktown and tell their officials how to run their city? No. Yet, she has been pleading before City Council for the longest time. In fact, Albany will not even been included in this animal control ordinance.
The whole thing is fishy. From the moment Mike Quirk spoke at City Council last December and informed the council Alison Quirk was in meetings with the County on animal control. Just Mrs. Quirk. Not the Mayor and not City Council. Within a few weeks there was a proposal on the table. Flawed from the beginning, using outdated budget figures.
Let’s see how this plays out. Let’s watch who is appointed to the board and who is hired. Let’s see how well the county can run animal control. For City Council’s sake, it better succeed.
City Council just gave away the city’s assets, double taxed the city taxpayers, and signed a ordinace which may or may not be legal. All because of the insane budget cut of $40,000.
Mike King, Alison Quirk, Monty Murphy, Jerry Dishman, Mary Jo Barton and Sam Marshall. Just who do they serve?
Watch for udpate…