Wednesday Mar 23 2011
Nader wants to see fiscal sustainability plan move forward
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
Councilman Stan Nader expressed frustration at Tuesday’s City Council meeting because a previously discussed fiscal sustainability plan was not on the night’s agenda. “I believe it is important to have this item on tonight’s agenda,” Nader said. “The City Manager told me, when he discussed the fiscal sustainability plan with individual council members, he got five different discussions. It’s important we discuss this together.” Nader said the Brown Act prohibits the council from speaking as a whole outside of scheduled meetings. “I ask that we convene a workshop at our earliest convenience so this can move forward,” Nader said. “With severe budget cuts ahead of us, it’s important to move the plan forward.” Councilman Spencer Short challenged the need for a workshop. “I’m not really sure of the need for that because we’ve all talked to Jim (Lincoln City Manager Estep),” Short said. “Are you saying we are deadlocked? I’d like to understand this because what Councilman Nader is saying is not comporting with my understanding.” Estep responded by saying, “I wouldn’t say deadlocked.” “There are a number of items out there. All of you have presented me with multiple ideas,” Estep said. “We are trying to pull that together. While I am able to speak with you individually, I believe it is helpful to put this on as an agenda item or workshop.” Short also said the council “gave pretty specific direction” during the Feb. 22 City Council meeting, where a presentation on fiscal sustainability plan was given. “I believe what we decided was is for the city manager to move forward with an RFP (request for proposal) for us to bless,” Short said. The request for proposal would be to find a consulting firm to create the city’s fiscal sustainability plan, according to previous News Messenger reports. Nader noted Tuesday that his “patience was growing thin.” The News Messenger on Wednesday asked why that is. “The whole thing I’m noticing about how the city operates is rather than tackle the difficult issues, we just kick the can down the road,” Nader said.