Feb. 19, 2014 —
The Mayor and Council then spent nearly an hour and a half debating the matter.
Fankell warned that he would be forced to lay off an employee from the street department if money isn’t transferred into the general fund.
“How are you going to explain to a man that’s worked here for 15 years that he no longer has a job,” said city employee Justin Dixon.
“We were forced to cut the budget when we didn’t really want to. For once, Olive Hill has caught a break with this influx of money, but we can’t seem to get anything done with it,” said Jerry Callihan. “Once again we have managed to turn something that should have been easy to figure out into a three ring circus.”
Meade held firm to his position, however, warning that continued neglect of the utility infrastructure eventually would have disastrous consequences.
“In the end, I’ll be proved right,” he said.
Faced with the possibility of laying off an employee, it was Hicks who budged when the motion to approve the budget amendment was put forth a second time.
“I don’t want anyone to lose their job. I know what that’s like,” he said.
“Without our city workers, we wouldn’t even have a city,” said Callihan.
Because the budget amendment was passed under emergency conditions, both readings were conducted at the meeting and the new budget was immediately enacted.
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