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Council minutes for Sep 29, 2017

MUNICIPAL BUILDING, MOBILE, ALABAMA, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

The City Council of the City of Mobile, Alabama, met in the Auditorium of the Mobile Government Plaza on Tuesday, September 29, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., in a special meeting.

The meeting was called to order by City Clerk Lisa Lambert.

Council Vice President Frederick D. Richardson, District One, offered an invocation.

The Presiding Officer led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present on Roll Call:

Chairman: Gregory
Councilmembers: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves and Rich
Absent: None

Approved: October 10, 2017

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PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL

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CITY CLERK


STATEMENT OF RULES BY COUNCIL PRESIDENT:

The Presiding Officer stated that all cell phones must be turned off and that there will be no hats, hoods, sunglasses or large bags permitted in the meeting room.

1) Any person desiring to address the Council must register upon entering the meeting area. When addressing the Council, the speaker must state his/her name and address.

2) Each speaker is allowed five minutes to address the Council. A bell will sound to indicate the end of 4 minutes. One minute is allowed for summarizing. The second bell indicates the time has expired.

3) To maintain decorum, there will be no undue applause and/or public outcry allowed.

4) When addressing the Council, there is to be no personal address to any individual Councilmember. All statements are to be made to the Chair who will recognize any Councilmember who wishes to respond.

5) Any person desiring to speak to the Council on a non-agenda item must contact the City Clerk's Office no later than 2:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the Council Meeting. The subject he/she wishes to address must be identified. Any person attending the meeting who has not given proper notice to the Clerk's Office and wishes to speak on a non-agenda item will not be allowed to address the Council.

6) Those persons desiring to speak on agenda items must indicate the resolution, ordinance, appeal, or public hearing item on arrival when signing in for the meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR:

There were no comments from Mayor Stimpson.


ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA:

Councilmember Rich moved to adopt the agenda, which motion was seconded by Councilmember Richardson and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the agenda adopted.

PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS TO THE COUNCIL:

AGENDA ITEMS:

Matt Waltman, 5485 Dogwood Trail, Eight Mile, and Tony McCarron, 3019 Calais Street, spoke in favor of longevity pay for the Mobile Fire Rescue Department.

NON-AGENDA ITEMS:

None.

RESOLUTIONS HELD OVER:

ADOPT THE 2017-2018 BUDGETS FOR THE GENERAL FUND, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND THE CONVENTION CENTER. The following resolution which was introduced and read at the regular meeting of Tuesday, September 5, 2017 was over until the regular meeting of September 12, 2017, then held over until the regular meeting of September 19, 2017 and held over once more until the regular meeting of September 26, 2017 was called up by the Presiding Officer.

RESOLUTION: 09-553-2017

Sponsored by: Mayor Stimpson

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the FY 2017-2018 budgets for the General Fund, Capital Improvement and Convention Center are hereby adopted.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Rich moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Williams.

Councilmember Williams moved to amend the General Fund Budget as follows:

1. Create a new line item in the general fund budget called "Lump Sum Retirement Supplement – RSA."

2. Create a new line item in the general fund budget called "Lump Sum Retirement Supplement - Police and Fire."

Councilmember Williams then moved to amend the Capital Improvement Funds Budget as follows:

1. Reduce the appropriation to the Economic Incentive line item by $760,000.00;

2. Transfer the sum of $400,000.00 from the Capital Improvements Fund Budget to the new line item in the General Fund Budget called "Lump Sum Retirement Supplement RSA"; and,

3. Transfer the sum of $360,000.00 from the Capital Improvements Fund Budget to the new line item in the General Fund Budget called "Lump Sum Retirement Supplement Police and Fire."

The move was seconded by Councilmember Small.

Councilmember Manzie:

“I think there was some language that was not mentioned relative to “not to exceed?”

Councilmember Williams:

“That will be in a resolution later in the agenda that talks about the implementation of this transfer. This is simply the transfer.”

Councilmember Gregory:

“This one is a little bit more complicated because we have two (2) different groups of employees. One is RSA and the other is the Police and Firefighters Pension.”

Councilmember Daves:

“At the end of the proposed amendments and the amendment, which Mr. Williams mentioned earlier, what is going to be the total amount of the lump sum benefits provided to both RSA and Police and Fire retirees?”

Councilmember Williams:

“The lump sum for RSA will be dictated by law. It is State legislation that gave us a formula so the exact number may change by the time of implementation. It simply gives us a formula that we cannot deviate from. It will not exceed the amount that we proposed.”

Council Attorney Jim Rossler:

“The estimated cost for the lump sum going to RSA retirees and beneficiaries was estimated by RSA to be $395,000.00.”

Councilmember Daves:

“I understand that the proposal is to make the lump sum payment to the RSA retirees consistent with law. I was really more interested in the Police and Fire portion.”

Councilmember Williams:

“The Police and Fire will be dependent on the resolution that is to follow that will not exceed the total amount that is listed for Police and Fire. The resolution that is to follow, which is not a part of this motion, will limit this one-time bonus to the $500 - $720 maximum. It will limit the number of beneficiaries to those who receive a yearly retirement supplement of $45,000.00 or less. The exact amount is going to have to be determined when we find out from the Police and Fire Pension who is making that amount. They will essentially bill the City for an amount that will be less than $360,000.00.”

Councilmember Rich:

“The funds are being removed out of the Economic Incentive line. I also want to be clear that what we are doing has been reviewed by Legal and it does not require any amendment to that extension of the penny tax. That was originally why the $925,000.00, could not be set aside. It will not require us to do anything with extending the penny.”

The Presiding Officer called for the vote, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the amendment adopted.

Councilmember Richardson then moved to amend the General Fund Budget for the Council Aide position as follows, which motion was seconded by Councilmember Williams:

1. Reduce the line item for City Hall Overhead by $55,000.00; and

2. Increase the line item for City Clerk personnel by $55,000.

Councilmember Daves:

“I am going to be opposing this amendment. I want to start out by saying that by opposing the amendment I certainly don’t want to indicate that I don’t appreciate all the hard work by the Clerk’s office and all the people that work for us on the ninth floor, they do a great job. We’ve been a very active City Council and they have stepped up. They have helped us out in many, many ways. I oppose it because we have asked every department in the City to do more with less and I think that the City Council should be willing to do that as well.”

Councilmember Richardson:

“I don’t think this City Council has asked every department in the City to do anything. When he says “we” he does not speak for the Council; he speaks for himself.”

Councilmember Small:

“I don’t believe the statement from Councilmember Daves is true. Thank you to Mr. Wesch for responding to my e-mail concerning the Administration and staff and the salaries of non-merit employees and also the Municipal Court. Mr. Wesch did email me back today regarding Municipal Court, but not the non-merit employees. I have questions when I look at the budget that I was given this year that the Administration went up compared to last year. With my concern I went further and pulled up last year’s proposed budget and as I looked at it there was a big difference in the Administration line if you look at the fiscal year. I’d like to ask Mr. Wesch if he can answer this for me because it is of great concern. It says the actuals for 2015 were $6.8 million for the Administration and this year’s was $3.7 million, both in the category of fiscal year 2015. What I don’t understand is how would the 2017 $6.8 million for fiscal year 2015, but this year states $3.7 million for fiscal year 2015. Also for fiscal year 2016 was $6.3 million, but this year what we received in August is $3.7 million. I’m looking at a couple million dollars difference compared to last year and the budget that was given to us this year. When you look at the bottom of the budget you end up with the same balance of $23.1 million, but when you look at each line item, especially Administration, there is a big gap in numbers and that is what I do not understand. If that could be explained to me I would really appreciate it. As far as Mr. Daves saying every department or every line item has decreased; that is not true compared to what is in front of me today.”

Executive Director of Finance Paul Wesch:

“What we seek to do as we go from year to year in comparing budgets and actuals from prior years is to give you apples to apples. So if two (2) departments shift personnel or operations from one department to another; what we try to do is when we compare 2018’s proposed this year to a prior year we reclassify in the prior year so that you can measure and compare apples to apples. We’ve had some departments that have moved from one department to another. It’s just an effort so you can see the real expenses for the real services rendered. As Councilman Small said I just got this a few minutes ago. What we can do is seek to give him a reconciliation of the departments that he has mentioned and show him which sub-line items have moved from one department to another.”

Councilmember Small:

“I think my question with Jim is: does that not require an amendment or does it have to come through Council if they decide to move money from different line items? I understand what Mr. Wesch has said, but when I’m looking at this it is great numbers and doesn’t that have to come before the Council?”

Jim Rossler:

“I think what Mr. Wesch is saying that they’ve changed and they’re going back to the historical numbers to give you apples to apples. Is that right Paul? That’s what I understand.”

Paul Wesch:

“That is correct. If we had a sub-department like Grass Cutting which used to be in Parks and Recreation and is now in Public Works. When we show you those figures for 2018 proposed we’re going to reconfigure a prior year when we had grass cutting in the other department so you can see the true increase or decrease and the cost for that service.”

Councilmember Small:

“I’m still not completely clear because even within the departments with the Administration. I guess when I get the requests that I put in for regarding the non-merit employees my question will be answered more clearly. The most important thing is we end up with the balance of $23.1 million. My question is still a concern because of the big gap between the two. I’ll be looking out for your email. Thank you so much Mr. Wesch.”

Councilmember Daves:

“I would like to respond to Mr. Richardson’s comment. It is through efficiencies that have been achieved in the departments in the City that has allowed us to provide longevity raises for the police officers, for the fire department and to fund the Capital Improvement Plan. I think it’s disingenuous of us to pat ourselves on the back for all the wonderful things we’ve been able to do and then say we didn’t have anything to do with the efficiencies.”

Councilmember Richardson:

“If this Council had not passed the penny, we would have been broke.”

Councilmember Rich:

“I think this City Council is very closely in line with the Clerk’s office because that is the one office we can actually direct. I know there have been retirements over the last two (2) years of very critical components to the Clerk’s office. Those were not filled. We’re getting to the point where we also need to develop like an institutional knowledge of the City Clerk’s office so that when people do retire there are others that can fill that void. We were really running more than low. I’m very conservative and I applaud the Mayor’s ability to have reigned in employee costs because that is the biggest thing tax payers pay for, but they expect an efficient service. I will be supporting this because I do feel the position is needed and it was not allocated in this budget, but we have to find the funds to accomplish this. I certainly support this initiative.”

Councilmember Small:

“You have to realize that the City Clerk and her staff reach every citizen in Mobile, even outside of Mobile. A lot of times the employees are here to 6:30 or 7:00 at night. If you look at other municipalities, like our sister city of Birmingham, their City Council and City Clerk staff is different. The most important thing is we have the most educated and productive people running our cities. When you have a city like Mobile you can’t run short on everything. You have to be fully staffed on some things and the City Clerk’s staff is one particular department where you need to be fully staffed.”

The Presiding Officer called for the vote, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Rich and Gregory
Nays: Daves

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the amendment adopted.

Councilmember Manzie moved to amend the General Fund Budget for a $400.00 lump sum salary supplement for eligible employees who earn less than $45,000.00 per year, which motion was seconded by Councilmember Williams, as follows:

1. Create a new line item in the General Fund budget called “Lump Sum Salary Supplement.”

And the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the amendment adopted.

Councilmember Manzie moved to amend the Capital Improvement Funds budget, which move was seconded by Councilmember Williams, as follows:

1. Reduce the appropriation to the Economic Incentive line item by $580,200; and,

2. Transfer the sum of $580,200 from the Capital Improvements Fund budget to the new line item in the General Fund budget called “Lump Sum Salary Supplement.”

And the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the amendment adopted.

Councilmember Gregory called for the vote for the original motion as amended.

Councilmember Daves:

“As my colleagues all know, there are a lot of items in this budget that I don’t like. I think that what we’ve been able to do over the past three or four years with the Administration’s lead and the Council going along is to be very careful in the General Fund about our expenditures and the extension of the penny has been an important part. Even with the extension of the penny without the efficiencies that have been achieved in the General Fund budget, we could not be providing raises, we could not be funding the CIP.”

“When things are going well there is a tendency to think they will always go well. I’ve been accused of being a glass is half empty guy and that’s probably a fair assessment, but it’s good to have at least one of those people around. I’m not completely convinced that taking $1 million from Economic Development Incentives is a good idea. That’s how we bring new high paying jobs to Mobile. We don’t know what’s on the horizon for next year and so we’re not going to have as much money in that pot as we might have otherwise had.”

“We do have a number of very critical items that are going to face the Administration and the Council coming up in Fiscal Year 2019. We are going to have some real challenges on revenues and particularly on expenditures. A lot of the things that we have done are going to require additional expenditures. We know that the trend on our revenues is down, so we’re going to have a lot of challenges. The bottom line for me is even though there are some things in this budget that I don’t like, it’s time for us to move forward, adopt this budget and begin to address the other weighty issues we have in front of us. I will be supporting the budget.”

Councilmember Richardson:

“I have absolutely no reservations in voting on this budget and these changes. The national economy crashed in 2008. The Mayor and this Council made all the adjustments we needed to run this City without laying anybody off. We’re not near that point now. If something happens between now and next year we’re going to make the adjustments and move on."

Councilmember Rich:

“I will be voting in favor of this budget as amended. I’m doing so because of a resolution that will follow our vote. I appreciate the participation of the Mayor’s office.”

Councilmember Small:

“I would like to thank the Mayor, his staff and Mr. Wesch for working with the Council to help our city move forward. You reap what you sow. If you sow good things, you reap good things. One thing this Council has planned on doing is sowing to the retirees and employees with bonuses. When you have happy employees your business will move forward greatly. If your employees are unhappy your business will not grow as good as it should be. The bonuses are not that much money, but a little bit is better than nothing at all. We can at least show the employees that the City is trying and we appreciate you and everything that you do. I would like to thank the Council and Administration for looking to invest in the employees and retirees. This is a great thing this Council is doing today.”

“One thing that came up with this budget is the Maritime Museum. I would like to encourage the Administration to look more deeply into what we can do to repurpose this museum. I would like to also encourage this Council to send some type of resolution to the State Legislators in support of a casino. I can see a maritime casino there. We have money leaving Alabama going to Mississippi’s casinos, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida for the lottery. If you compare those state’s schools to ours it makes sense to me to invest in some sort of lottery or casino here. I don’t gamble, but I do enjoy the shows and buffet. Again our money is leaving the state. Our money is leaving the city and county. We need to find something to keep our money here. That museum on Water Street would make a beautiful maritime casino.”

Councilmember Williams:

“I want to make sure that if someone was listening to Mr. Daves talk, it would appear we are in dire straits with regard to economic development, and I would say that is not the case. We must do a better job of bringing high paying jobs to Mobile. We need to raise the average household income in our city. That is the responsibility of this government with regard to economic development. Every citizen should ask themselves should ask themselves if they’re better off than they were a year ago. That will determine if our economic development programs are working. I’m not saying that they’re not working; I’m simply saying I’m not sure if we’re using the right measurement.”

My second comment is to the Administration. Once you start in formulating the budget that you hand to us, we would like to be at the table. I think it would benefit all of us as a city if we worked together more than the law dictates. Everyone at this table is willing to do that and I hope we can improve on that as we move forward toward next year’s development of the budget.”

Councilmember Gregory:

“I want to join my Councilmembers in approving the budget. Thank you everyone for the work you’ve done. We are very happy to be providing this longevity to our firefighters. It is something that is long overdue. We are coming together as a Council, as we always do, to resolve issues. Sometimes you might think we’re a little contentious, but this Council has shown that when it comes down to it we work together and with the Administration and we’re able to get things done. I’m very proud of the work we do. We’re proud of the amendments passed to help our employees and retirees. I think this budget is very well formed, and I’m happy that we were able to come together today and get it passed before October 1.

Councilmember Manzie:

“This is the ninth public budget that I’ve worked with. I’ll state publicly it is not an easy process. There are no perfect budgets. The amount of money available to fashion it is not unlimited. There are aspects of this budget that I’m not 100% for. There are some aspects that give me pause and concern, but I believe in the budget and the process we went through to achieve this program for the next year. I’m happy that we were able to fund many of the things that are important, not only to us as elected officials, but to citizens. At the end of the day it isn’t the Mayor’s or the Council’s budget, it’s the peoples’ budget. All of this money belongs to the people of the city of Mobile. We are charting our financial priorities for the next fiscal year, so I’m appreciative that we were able to reach consensus on so many important items. This Administration and Council have stepped forward to find consensus, to chart a path forward progressively and to answer the questions that have been brought before us in a timely manner before October 1. I am appreciative to the Administration for providing guidance and information. I’m hopeful that next year’s process will run more smoothly and have some discussions and deliberations ahead of time so that it’s something we can all agree to and move forward on. This is a good budget in many respects. It funds priorities all across the City. It keeps our CIP program moving forward.”

Councilmember Daves:

“I want to make one clarifying statement. I indicated I had some concerns about the budget. One of the concerns was not the longevity raise for our firefighters. When I ran for public office four (4) years ago I said I was committed to making sure our public employees have a fair total compensation package. It’s taken us a long time there, but I’m happy we were able to get there in the coming fiscal year.”

Councilmember Richardson:

“The nature of what we do here sometimes gives the impression to the public that there’s some infighting. According to the law the Mayor has to formulate the budget. He has to submit the budget to us in a timely fashion. The budget come to us and there are seven (7) of us that have to come to a consensus and it’s not always easy. Today we found consensus and we are ready to move forward with the Mayor to make this the greatest city in America.”

Councilmember Gregory:

“Mr. Richardson put it well because this past Tuesday we did agree to hold the budget over until October 10, but that was because there were still some things that were left unresolved. We were able to come together and work with the Administration to get it done because it was always our goal to vote on the budget by the end of the fiscal year.”

And the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the original resolution adopted as amended.

SUSPENSION OF RULES FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME:

Councilmember Richardson moved for the suspension of the rules for the immediate consideration of Ordinance 65-037. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gregory, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The Presiding Officer declared unanimous consent granted for the item.

ORDINANCES BEING INTRODUCED:

AUTHORIZE A LUMP SUM SALARY SUPPLEMENT TO BE PAID TO ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES. The following ordinance was introduced by Councilmember Richardson.

ORDINANCE: 65-037-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Manzie

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A LUMP SUM SALARY SUPPLEMENT TO BE PAID TO ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES

WHEREAS, the General Fund Budget passed by the Council includes an appropriation of funds designated for "lump sum salary supplements": and,

WHEREAS, by making that appropriation the Council intended to allow for a $400 lump sum salary supplement for all active employees who earn less than $45,000 per year.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that each active employee who is employed by the City as of December 1, 2017, and who earns less than $45,000 per year, shall be entitled to receive a lump sum salary supplement of $400.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the lump sum salary supplement shall be paid to each eligible employee during the pay period which immediately follows December 1, 2017.

The ordinance was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Richardson moved that the ordinance be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Manzie, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the ordinance adopted.

SUSPENSION OF RULES FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTIONS BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME:

Councilmember Richardson moved for the suspension of the rules for the immediate consideration of Resolutions 60-611 – 60-613. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Williams, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The Presiding Officer declared unanimous consent granted for the items.

RESOLUTIONS BEING INTRODUCED:

ELECT TO COME UNDER ACT 2017-367 TO PROVIDE A LUMP SUM PENSION SUPPLEMENT TO RETIREES AND BENEFICIARIES PARTICIPATING IN THE RSA RETIREMENT PLAN. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Williams.

RESOLUTION: 60-611-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Williams

RESOLUTION ELECTING TO COME UNDER ACT 2017-367 TO PROVIDE A LUMP SUM PENSION SUPPLEMENT TO RETIREES AND BENEFICIARIES PARTICIPATING IN THE RSA RETIREMENT PLAN

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the City of Mobile elects to come under the provisions of Section 2 of Act 367 of the Regular Session of the 2017 Legislature.

The City of Mobile agrees to provide all funds necessary to the Employees’ Retirement System to cover the cost of the one-time lump sum payment as provided for by this Act for those eligible retirees and beneficiaries of deceased retirees of the City of Mobile with the aforementioned lump sum payment being paid in December 2017.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Williams moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Small, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

AUTHORIZE A LUMP SUM PENSION SUPPLEMENT TO RETIREES AND BENEFICIARIES PARTICIPATING IN THE POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS’ PENSION PLAN. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Richardson.

RESOLUTION: 60-612-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Williams

RESOLUTION PROVIDING A LUMP SUM PENSION SUPPLEMENT TO RETIREES AND BENEFICIARIES PARTICIPATING IN THE POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS' PENSION PLAN

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Mobile has budgeted the sum of $360,000 to provide a lump sum pension supplement to eligible retirees and beneficiaries of deceased retirees of the City of Mobile who receive a pension from the Police and Firefighters' Pension Plan.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that those eligible retirees and beneficiaries of deceased retirees of the City of Mobile who receive a yearly pension of less than $45,000 from the Police and Firefighter's Pension Plan shall receive a $500.00 lump sum payment from the Pension Plan in December 2017.

Any retiree or beneficiary whose eligibility for Medicaid benefits is impaired by this payment shall not be entitled to receive the payment and should notify the Plan Administrator to request that they not receive the payment.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Richardson moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Manzie, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

AUTHORIZE LONGEVITY PAY FOR ELIGIBLE FULL TIME UNIFORM FIREFIGHTERS AND ALS FIREMEDICS. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Rich.

RESOLUTION: 60-613-2017

Sponsored by: Mayor Stimpson

WHEREAS, the 2017-2018 general fund budget for the City of Mobile does not provide for longevity pay for eligible full time uniform Firefighters and ALS Firemedics; and,

WHEREAS, the City is required by State law to adopt a balanced budget, Alabama Code (1975), § 11-45C-45, § 11-45C-49; and,

WHEREAS, longevity pay for eligible full time uniform Firefighters and ALS Firemedics can be included in the budget at a cost of $736,000 and $189,000, respectively; and,

WHEREAS, after adoption of the FY 17-18 budget, the following amendment is proposed to be adopted on or after the City Council meeting of October 24, 2017, for the purpose of providing longevity pay to eligible full time uniformed Firefighters and ALS Firemedics, on the condition that the FY 17-18 budget will remain balanced following its adoption;

BE IT RESOLVED, the FY 17-18 budget, as finally approved and adopted, is amended as follows:

1. General Fund Budget Summary; Revenues and Transfers In; increase the line item “Carry Over from reserve surplus” by $925,000.
2. General Fund Budget Summary; Expenditures and Transfers Out; increase the line item for “Public Safety” by $736,000.
3. General Fund Budget Summary; Expenditures and Transfers Out; increase the line item for “Transfers Out” by $189,000.
4. General Fund Budget; Expenditures by Department and Cost Center; Public Safety, Fire Department; increase the line item for “Fire Administration – Personnel” by $736,000.
5. General Fund Budget; Expenditures by Department and Cost Center; Transfers; increase the line item “To ALS (Firemedics)” by $189,000.
Internal Service and Enterprise Funds Subdivided by the General Fund; ALS Transport; increase the line item for “Personnel Expenses” by $189,000.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Rich moved that the resolution be held over until the regular meeting of Tuesday, October 24, 2017, which was seconded by Councilmember Manzie. Following comments from Councilmember Rich the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution held over.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

None.

The Presiding Officer adjourned the regular meeting at approximately 4:32 p.m.

Approved: October 10, 2017


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COUNCIL PRESIDENT

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CITY CLERK








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