Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CITY COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION EXTENDING 2009 BUDGET WITH STIPULATIONS THAT MAYOR PROMISED TO VETO

The Helena West Helena City Council met at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Seven members were present. They did not elect a chair of the meeting. Jay Hollowell acted as the chair or Mayor Pro Tem. They proceeded to vote on a Resolution different than and from the Resolution presented in the city council packets. The Mayor will be reviewing the video tape of the meeting and deciding how to proceed within the time permitted by law.   Should the Mayor elect to veto the resolution, the council would not be able to take it up until the 19th of January.

The members present were Jay Hollowell, John A. Washington, Joe St. Columbia, Tommy Hunt, Joe Grubbs, Eddie Clark, and Larry Wilson.

The Council was presented with a Budget Extension Resolution that merely extended the current budget pending further consideration of the 2010 Budget. The budget submitted with the council packets is listed below:



CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA
RESOLUTION ______-2009
RESOLUTION TO EXTEND CURRENT BUDGET UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2010 OR THE PASSAGE OF 2010 BUDGET, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST
Whereas, Arkansas law requires the City of Helena-West Helena to have a budget in place for the calendar year; and
Whereas, the mayor did tender, on or before December 1, 2009, a proposed 2010 Budget; and
Whereas, the 2009 Budget for the City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, as amended expires at the conclusion of December 31, 2009; and
Whereas, the City of Helena-West Helena will not be adopting a 2010 Budget prior to January 1, 2010; and
Whereas, the first city council meeting of 2010 is set for January 5th; and
Whereas, the City Council for the City of Helena-West Helena would like to see a continuation in city services without interruption;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA CITY COUNCIL THAT:
The 2009 Budget, as amended, be and hereby is extended from its current expiration until the end of the day on February 1, 2010 or the City of Helena-West Helena adopts a Budget for 2010, whichever events occurs first.
Passed on December 30, 2009



APPROVED BY:
__________________________________
James F. Valley, Mayor
Attest:
__________________________________
Sandi Ramsey, City Clerk
Resolution Prepared by: James F. Valley, Mayor


Special Called City Council Meeting December 30, 2009 To Extend Budget from James F. Valley on Vimeo.
This is a recording of the special called city council meeting held on December 30, 2009. The one item on the agenda was the extension of the 2009 Budget. The city council did approve budget extension resolution, however it was different than the one presented and contrary to the best interest of the citizens of this community. It has the effect of shutting down city services. The mayor has promised a veto. However, his deadline to decide upon a veto does not expire until midnight on January 5, 2010. The next city council meeting occurs on January 5, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.



The City Council passed a resolution that included the following language:

A Freeze on all hiring except police and fire
A freeze on all purchases of equipment including vehicles
A freeze on all verbal agreements and contracts



Sheriff Ronnie White has pledged to provide law enforcement assistance during the shutdown, if there is one.

The mayor has done what is required of him by law. He presented the 2010 Budget on or before December 1st, 2009. The City Council even included that fact in its errant resolution. This council has had plenty of opportunity to pass a budget and has not accomplished the same. The City Council may, if it chooses, meet tomorrow and pass the resolution without these restrictions or pass the 2010 Budget.


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