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<br />24: 9991 <br /> <br />AYES <br />NOES <br />ABSENT: <br /> <br />Members Gi1b, Parry, Pellegrino, Saelid, Margett <br />None <br />None <br /> <br />A <br /> <br />The meeting adjourned sine die. <br /> <br />COUNCIL RECONVENED <br /> <br />AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />Herb Fletcher, 175 W, Lemon Avenue, referred to the lack of use the <br />new soccer field is receiving - that the gate is always locked which <br />appears it is being reserved for special interest groups, lt is public <br />property and should be available for the use of the public. <br /> <br />The Superintendent of Recreation said in part that the use of the <br />field is about to be expanded; that the turf is growing to the point <br />where it can withstand heavy usage. <br /> <br />Richard Haltom, 2342 S. Fifth Avenue, read a prepared statement re- <br />lating to budget matters which said in part that it has been alleged <br />that some information currently available is inaccurate. He said the <br />data was obtained from the Finance Director and referred to audited <br />financial statements for 1978 and 1979 which he said would substantiate <br />the correctness of the figures. (Copy of this statement on file in the <br />office of the City Clerk.) <br /> <br />LeRoy Spiers, 312 W. Palm Drive, read a prepared statement concerning <br />city personnel count taken from the budgets for 1978-79 and 1979-80 <br />indicating 13 more employees were added while the population declined - <br />he also referred to the utility tax revenue for 1977-78, 1978-79 which <br />indicated an increase of 65.6% - all of which is consistent with the <br />infonnation obtained from the City. (Copy of this statement on file <br />in the office of the City Clerk,) <br /> <br />Steven Worsley, 348 W, Nonnan..Avenue,a1so read a prepared statement <br />concerning supplemental benefits as reflected in the 1978-79 and 1979- <br />80 budgets and salary totals with increases as reflected in the various <br />departments. (Copy of this statement on file in the Office of the City <br />Clerk. ) <br /> <br />Stella Ross, 355 W. Longden Avenue, said in part that figures can be <br />used most any way one would want; that she was not impressed with what <br />has been said. She commended the present and former City Councils on <br />their accomplishments. <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />At this point it was MOVED by Councilman Sae1id, seconded by Councilman <br />Gi1b that the provisions of the Procedural Ordinance be waived and that <br />the item for audience participation be placed at the end of the meeting <br />so that other Agenda items may be considered. Mr. Dring said he will <br />be the last speaker. Whereupon Councilman Sae1id and Councilman Gi1b <br />withdrew their motion and second, <br /> <br />Jeffrey Dring continued in part by referring to the police and fire depart- <br />ment's personnel increase from 1977-78, 1978-79 and 1979-80; that the <br />figures which are included in his statement are taken directly from the <br />audited financial statements .and from the budgets submitted to him by <br />the City. He concluded his remarks by commending Councilmen Parry and <br />Pellegrino whom he felt were the only two Councilmen responsive to the <br />people, (Copy of this statement on file in the office of the City Clerk.) <br /> <br />Joseph Sargis, 1611 Highland Oaks Drive, said in part that he was upset <br />at the charges which have been leveled against the City Council and the <br />employees of the City, He felt the Council voted its conscience and <br />were responsive to the needs of the City. He hoped the City will clarify <br />any misrepresentations which have been made and did believe the utility <br />tax requires analysis and felt that the Council will act to reduce the <br />utility tax. <br /> <br />-3- <br /> <br />4-1-80 <br />