The 2 adjustments Mayor Eddie Sundquist made to the 2021 metropolis funds have been overridden.
On Monday, the Jamestown Metropolis Council overrode each vetoes Sundquist made to the 2021 metropolis funds. Final week, Sundquist submitted his veto message to metropolis officers that included not eliminating the recreation coordinator place. He additionally vetoed how a lot of the town’s unreserved fund balanced could be used within the 2021 funds.
Final month, the council had permitted eliminating the recreation coordinator place when it handed the 2021 spending plan. As a result of each vetoes have been overridden, what the council initially handed will likely be a part of the town’s spending plan subsequent yr. The 2021 funds will use $436,139 of the town’s unreserved fund steadiness and there will likely be no funding within the spending plan for the recreation coordinator.
If Sundquist’s vetoes wouldn’t have been overridden, the 2021 spending plan would have included $53,973 in wage and advantages for the recreation coordinator and would have used $490,112 of fund steadiness in subsequent yr’s funds.
Each Anthony Dolce, council president, and Kim Ecklund, At-Massive councilwoman and Finance Committee chairwoman, stated as soon as the town is allowed to have occasions once more that the place of recreation coordinator will likely be included within the funds.
“That is nothing the council relishes in doing,” Dolce stated. “This isn’t a everlasting coverage assertion. We need to carry this place again as quickly as we will safely.”
Once more, identical to final month when the council voted to chop the recreation coordinator out of the 2021 funds, Brent Sheldon, Ward 1 councilman, was the one “No” vote. The entire council members permitted of fixing the quantity of fund balanced used within the 2021 funds.
Previous to the vote, the town clerk, Jennifer Williams, learn correspondence from space residents on overriding the vetoes. Three correspondence requested the council to not minimize the place of recreation coordinator whereas one correspondence stated it was the right transfer to make and shouldn’t be a full-time metropolis place.
In Sundquist’s veto message he said that whereas COVID-19 and the following cancellations of occasions each this previous yr and subsequent have given the recreation coordinator place much less to do, nonetheless, it’s with little foresight that the council minimize this place.
“If, as anticipated, there’s a extensive and efficient COVID-19 vaccine roll out subsequent yr, occasions could possibly resume as they might in a standard yr, and immediately we might have nobody to plan, coordinate and administer these occasions,” he stated.
Sundquist stated this yr metropolis officers labored with the parks union to retool the place of recreation coordinator to additionally embody communications coordinator and grant writing duties.
“The worker on this specific place has allowed the town to develop its social media presence, streamline higher communications to residents and work with metropolis departments on grant alternatives every division might have been lacking out on,” Sundquist stated.
Dolce, who’s the longest tenured councilman within the metropolis’s historical past presently serving his twenty fifth yr, stated that that is solely the third time he has been part of a veto override. He stated the opposite two instances occurred in 2004 and 2006.
“Overriding an govt veto just isn’t one thing that’s frequent,” Dolce stated.