INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: READING
A-09-09 Additional Appropriation Ordinance from the E.D.I.T. Fund for the Police Department (2 & 3 Zurschmiede)
Well, here it is.
No: Caesar, Price, McLaughlin, Gahan, Gonder
Yes: Benedetti, Messer, Zurschmiede, Coffey
Defeated in the 2nd reading.
Messer: Would like to amend the ordinance to $500,000, which would allow for some restaffing.
Benedetti seconds, and a vigorous discussion ensues. Messer mentioned money previously approved but not spent. Coffey says he's been urging to put "police in the pipeline." Coffey compares levels of interest in police, hazardous sites, etc.
Price: Everyone told me 5 wouldn't do it. "I don't play poker ... I don't like politics," when you wait until the last minute to do this ... that's wrong ... "I don't play poker." Upset that he previously asked if 5 would do, but everyone said no. Now he's hurt.
Coffey: "Y'all mind if the chief says something?"
Chief Crabtree: States his case. 13 officers can retire at any moment.
Price: "Hurts the reputation of the department when it says in the paper" that an "officer is eating breakfast" and "I don't even know if it's true ... "
Crabtree: Entitled to lunch. Every department allows breaks. "There's no such thing as Robo-Cop."
Haub: "Not an issue of playing politics," but if you remember 2008 and the original presentation, and the DEA's criticism. The city has to grow up and show it's serious about fighting crime. The department has stepped up and followed the DEA's recommendations, but the council has to help meet the other condition: Increased manpower.
Erika and her gnarled friend now stand up and glare toward the chair.
Haub continues. The sheriff pocketed the drug seizure money recently, not the city police.
Price: "If I was a policeman, I'd vote for you."
Haub: Louisville gets money for drug interdiction, NA gets nothing. "I'm not trying to call your bluff."
Pat McLaughlin: "I don't buy it either."
Council votes for the amendment: Caesar flips, and the amendment passes 5-4 against.
Final vote on the original wording. Now and only now Caesar asks: Where does the money go if approved.
Now he asks. Before the third reading. Seriously.
Now the council starts talking about when and how the money would be spent.
Price: What is we have to make cuts later?
KZ: How much notice do the retirement guys have to give?
Coffey: Call for the vote.
Vote, 3rd reading
Caesar flips again from 1st and 2nd readings, and on the 3rd, the council approves the EDIT funding reduced by half. 5-4, Caesar making a majority.
Finished at 10:35 pm. Erika is very unhappy.