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By PAUL SIMS
The alderman who put forth the idea to align a citizens committee with a Board of Aldermen panel says he wonât mount an effort to override a veto on the subject.
On March 2, Mayor Pro Tempore and Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk issued a notice of intent to veto the Board of Aldermenâs 5-1 vote to require the Transportation Committee to report to the boardâs Infrastructure Committee and all committees with budgetary relevance to do the same with the Budget Committee. An amendment to add the budget aspect of the measure passed 4-2.
The formal veto, dated April 6, was distributed Tuesday. Sistrunk presided over the March 1 board meeting in Mayor Parker Wisemanâs absence.
Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins says his intent was for the Transportation Committee to report to the board panel âto conserve time with respect to the Board of Aldermen meetings.â
He said: âThe motion that I offered was not intended to negatively impact the functions, the duties and the operations of the Transportation Committee.â
On Tuesday, Wiseman said he thought Sistrunk âmade a wise decision to veto the order as it was passed.â
Perkins countered that he is âof the strong opinion that the motion that I offered was a very substantive motion.â
Wiseman said he also doesnât âthink it hurts to have additional discussion about a potential committee reporting structure,â adding itâs something which needs a comprehensive approach, one which âtakes into account potential process inefficiencies that may result.â
Perkins says he thinks there wonât be any attempt to override the veto.
âCertainly Iâm not going to exert any effort to pursue an override of the vice mayorâs veto on this matter,â he said.
In a March comment following the intent order, Sistrunk said âthe new structure should result in a streamlined process (the board order has created additional layers of review and additional meeting requirements).â
If the structureâs function is not thought out in a very detailed manner, then a tendency could arise for breakdowns or logjams rather than streamlining, Wiseman said.
Wiseman said he thinks one of Sistrunkâs main concerns with boardâs action was its focus on one subset of citizen and board committees without addressing the system holistically. âThereâs a very valid concernâ that the system would become unreliable and confusing, he said.