Welp, the Bromley City Council Just Imploded Over a Bobcat
The special meeting of the Bromley City Council on Monday evening devolved into a mostly unintelligible shouting match as members of council barked at the mayor and he barked back over the planned purchase of a Bobcat, the branded construction equipment that can be used to dig and to plow.
"We were totally ignored and not told it was being put out for bid. You totally ignored us," Councilwoman Dixie Meyer said to Mayor Donnie Jobe, accusing him of "going behind our back."
Mayor Jobe contended that he was authorized to place the ad because the budget had been adopted with the line item for the Bobcat included. Meyer made a motion to begin the process of amending the budget to strip the Bobcat funds from the public works department. She was joined by France and Councilmen Charlie Foulks and Tim Wartman in approving the action. Councilwoman Gail Smith opposed it.
Vocke explained that the process to amend the budget is not as simple as a vote like the one taken Monday.
"Here's the problem you're going to have with this," the attorney stated. "The ordinance can be vetoed by the mayor within ten days and council cannot take it up again until the next regularly scheduled meeting. Assuming the mayor would veto an amended budget, it would probably be September before council could pass a new amended budget."
Another special meeting was called for Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. to deal with this issue.
Meyer also called for an ad to be placed to rescind the bid solicitation. Jobe argued that that was not necessary because nothing had been removed from the budget officially yet.
"We have never received any kind of validation that it would be a prudent expense for the city," Meyer said of the Bobcat. "The mayor has went ahead and decided to purchase it without council support. We as a council are being left out of everything.
"I don't know why you're determined to fight your council instead of working together."
"You're the only one fighting," Jobe replied.