The Metro Council, after the exhausting and time-consuming budget hearings in June, has spent the last two weeks doing nothing. Well, nothing officially. There’s been plenty of work going on, as evidenced by the two dozen items on tonight’s first-reading list.
But they get back to business with a packed agenda.
Topping the list are a pair of resolutions regarding the Ohio River Bridges project. Yesterday, the governors of Indiana and Kentucky staged a big pep rally in hopes of convincing the Metro Council to rubber stamp a proposal to set up a bi-state authority to come up with ways to finance the Bridges. In other words, to give a group of seven unelected appointees the power to charge tolls for crossing bridges.
It must have worked. 17 council members are now listed as c0-sponsors of the resolution written by Kevin Kramer and David Tandy. A competing resolution requiring hearings in all 26 districts is on the agenda, from Tom Owen and Tina Ward-Pugh, who are its only sponsors.
If either get through the Transportation/Public Works committee, it could potentially come up for a vote July 31.
Of course, the Council doesn’t spend all its time on important issues. Tonight a resolution will be introduced by Judy Green that urges citizens “not to allow their pants to sag below their waist while in public.” No, I’m not making this up.
There’s a reading of a resolution to change the name of a portion of 34th St. to honor Rev. Louis Coleman.
Jim King and Rick Blackwell have been working on a Fair Labor Standards ordinance that will be introduced tonight. The Council passed a version in May, but it was vetoed by the Mayor. We hear the Mayor’s OK with the new version.
And then there are agenda items that make you scratch your head about what your tax dollars are going toward. Like the $100,000 in a resolution for a contract with Peritus Public Relations for the Kentuckiana Works program.
Because committees haven’t been meeting the last two weeks, all the items on tonight’s list will be sent to committees for discussion. Those committees will decide whether or not to bring them up before the full Council in two weeks.