MARTIN — City council members were posed with the problem of squeezing two readings of their annual budget into one week, during Tuesday’s council meeting.
Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Among the budgets passed by the council were the water and sewer budgets, which called for a combined total spending of $592,000, including $115,000 for salaries.
The city’s general budget called for $852,500 in spending, with $385,000 in payroll expenses.
Council members found themselves in something of a quandary following their first reading, as they must now have a second reading before the beginning of the fiscal year.
Martins City Attorney told the council that they could meet anywhere. He said they simply had to give notice and have a quorum present. The city council then met in councilman Mahendra Varia’s office Thursday to hear the second reading.
Mayor Thomasine Robinson gave a report on the sewer project, saying, “Everything is ready to turn into the bank tomorrow. They said they were moving forward with this.”
City council members also voted unanimously to sign a resolution showing support for a proposal to help bring a VA Hospital to the Fifth Congressional District.
All council members were present for Tuesday’s meeting, except for Judy Stumbo.