The City Council approved its goals and priorities for 2011 but not without showing that all members were not fully in support.|The City Council approved its goals and priorities for 2011 but not without showing that all members were not fully in support.
Max Weaver took issue with a City Council top priority for 2011, “strict nuisance enforcement” and said “I’m opposed to that. We have 28 different neighborhoods… they all live different. I’m not into making life more miserable for people, at all. We’re not all fortunate enough to have a $20,000, $40,000, $50,000 garage to store their stuff in.”
Scott Tornquist said “I struggle with our Council goals. I don’t think we’ve challenged ourselves enough. They are too broad. There’s not any goals that make Mason City standout. “
Tornquist foresaw budget struggles for next year. “What is sound spending for me isn’t sound spending for my colleague. We are setting ourselves up for arguments.”
Don Nelson added “Maintain sound financial position. Why’s that a bad goal?”
Jeff Marsters alluded to a tight spending budget when he referenced the numbers of people on food stamps in Cerro Gordo county. Marsters cited sources that say in Cerro Gordo county over the last four years, there has been a 73.8% increase in people taking food stamps.
Watch the City council discuss the subject: