City Council Update, December 19, 2022

City Council Update, December 19, 2022

At Monday's meeting, Council named Dooley to the vacant seat, the Mayor retired, and more.

On a 4 to 2 vote, Michael Dooley was named to fill the seat vacated by Representative-Elect Natalie Price when she won her seat to the State House in November. He will be sworn at the January 9th meeting.

Mayor Dan Terbrack announced his retirement from public office after 15 years of service. He feels that due to increased family and work obligations, he is no longer able to give his job as Mayor the attention it deserves and so is stepping down.

Mayor Pro Tem Bridget Dean automatically becomes Mayor. The application process will begin again soon to fill the new vacant seat on council.

The city heard a presentation on the Annual Comprehensive Financial Audit. The city received an "unmodified opinion." This is the highest level possible meaning there was nothing bad to report. The city also received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting which many communities do not receive.

City Operating Millage History

Discussed was the impact that Headlee Rollbacks and Prop A have had on the city budget. The related decreases in tax revenue have required deferring some capital expenditures, and without increased funding, services may need to be cut soon.

The City Attorney gave an update on the the marijuana related lawsuits against the city.

The State Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the city. The city's law and scoring were found to be legal, upholding the lower court's ruling. The city was also found to be in compliance with the Opening Meetings Act, reversing the lower court's decision. This is a published opinion meaning that the ruling is a binding precedent statewide.

I helped the city put together a Holiday Decoration Map. See where people and businesses have decorations up in the city, submit your own, or nominate decorations you have seen and enjoyed.

Read the full agenda and meeting packet.