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July 31, 2014, 12:24 am
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City Council Split on Headcount Cap, Decide on Debate and Consent Agenda


The Springfield City Council appears split down the middle on a proposal to cap the number of employees on the city payroll.

 

Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin wants to limit the number to no more than 1,500… saying it’s necessary to keep city expenses under control.

 

Mayor Mike Houston has said the ordinance is not needed because he has already cut headcount below that level.

 

The measure will go on the Council’s debate agenda next week, along with a revised proposal to reduce the fine that the city charges for towing a vehicle.

 

An ordinance giving FEMA over $700,000 dollars in money they claim the city owes from storm relief was put on the consent agenda.

 

The utility's financial officer Craig Burns says that FEMA discounted the amount and the city has exhausted all other options.

 

If the city does not pay the money back, Burns says FEMA would go after IEMA who would then come back to the city for the money.

 

Aldermen also placed an ordinance on the consent agenda granting the corporation council to proceed in an eminent domain case to acquire property that would extend 11th street southward.

 

Aldermen will meet again for the full city council Tuesday.

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