Tag Archives: Budget crisis

More from City Hall: Johnston, Fritchen, Lowery in favor, Eggman opposed

8:03 p.m.: City Councilman Dale Fritchen said it would be irresponsible to count on federal aid for police. “It would be irresponsible to spend money that you don’t have,” he said. Fritchen said that if federal aid is forthcoming, “This budget we’re looking at right now will put more police officers on the street than the […]

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More from City Hall: Ulring at the podium

7:44 p.m.: Interim Police Chief Blair Ulring is at the podium. He said it will be a challenge to respond to calls for service. Since the department was last at about 340 officers, in the 1990s, calls for service have increased from 680 to 720 a day to 1,000 to 1,200. Ulring is delivering a […]

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More from City Hall: Ulring in the room

7:42 p.m.: Councilwoman Leslie Baranco Maritn said, out of the blue, “Are we going to hear from the police chief tonoight?” Palmer said, “The police chief is here and can answer questions from the council.” Ulring has entered the room. Martin is calling him to the podium.

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Police officer: “The repercussions lie solely on this council.”

7:20 p.m.: City Councilwoman Susan Eggman is asking to not have personal attacks. A speaker had just gone after City Manager Gordon Palmer. Gary Malloy is at the podium. He said it is sad that citizens come out in force at the “last hour,” and that it would have been useful for them to have […]

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More from City Hall: No Ulring time at the podium

7:15 p.m.: The budget hearing has not yet ended, and though it is possible that interim Police Chief Blair Ulring will be called to speak, he has not been summoned yet. Typically, a department head is called early in a hearing (before public comment) if a council member wants to hear it.

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More from City Hall: Palmer on 344

6:32 p.m.: City Manager Gordon Palmer is addressing the Police Department’s budgeted force of 344 officers, a number interim Police Chief Blair Ulring said Monday is inadequate. Palmer said, “That’s the minimum the police chief had indicated he can operate in the city here.”

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More from City Hall: Budget hearing starting

6:27 p.m.: Consent passed 7-0. The budget hearing has started. Brian Cable, a realtor who is critical of police layoffs and, more generally, the administration, was at the podium earlier and must have said something TV liked. The reporter has him on the south steps of City Hall for some camera time (the building’s north […]

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More from City Hall: Sinha’s response

Here is Senior Civil Engineer Vijay Sinha’s response to the proposed reorganization of the Public Works Department. He presented the lettter minutes ago to the City Council: MEMORANDUM June 22, 2009 TO: Johnny Ford, Deputy City Manager FROM: Vijay Sinha, Senior Civil Engineer SUBJECT: RE: PUBLIC WORKS REORGANIZATION AND STAFFING PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009/2010 […]

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More from City Hall: The Public Works reorganization plan

Here is the front page of the Public Works reorganization plan, as provided to the City Council this evening by Vijay Sinha, a senior civil engineer (a PDF of the full document will appear on the blog Wednesday): MEMORANDUM June 4,2009 TO: Johnny Ford, Deputy City Manager FROM: Bob Murdoch, Interim Director Public Works Department SUBJECT: PUBLIC […]

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City Council starting: Chambers full for budget hearing

5:30 p.m.: Mayor Ann Johnston has called this evening’s City Council meeting to order. Chambers is full. Many in attendance are police officers and their family members. They are wearing the FD/PD union shirts. Interim Police Chief Blair Ulring is at City Hall, but he is not in chambers. A pastor who looks a lot like former Information Technology Director […]

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