Sept. 25, 2013 —
That likely would mean reduction, or even outright elimination, of the city’s police force, as well as restricting fire department responses to within the city limits.
“It’s not something that I want to do, but I don’t have a choice in the matter. As the Mayor, I’m bound by the law to make sure that this city doesn’t spend more money than it takes in each year,” said Fankell.
“Which one of us are you going to lay off first?” asked Sgt. Bruce Palmer in response to Fankell’s statement concerning reduction of the police force.
“I don’t know if I’m going to have to lay off one, two or three officers,” replied Fankell.
Later in the meeting, tempers flared when Angie Johnson and Jerry Callihan entered into a heated exchange of words with Glenn and Jennifer Meade after both sides felt they had been personally attacked by the other.
Officer Richard Williams quickly intervened with Glenn Meade left his seat at the Council table and moved to confront Callihan in response to comments directed at his wife.
After the fireworks subsided, Council unanimously approved a budget for the current fiscal year that cuts a total of $60,500 across the city’s six major general fund departments.
The Council will hold a special meeting, and a revenue work session open to public input at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Olive Hill Senior Community Center.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.