At the last council meeting Councilwoman Badalow brought up the leased car for CEDD Director some very interesting developments on that front. For one according to the Press and Guide,
She brought up the item again and shared new information she gathered.
She said she had been in conversations with Keith Hernandez, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Director of Community Planning and Development, and he indicated that such a lease does not meet the guidelines for acceptable use for CDBG funds.
The exchange between Councilman Berry, Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton, and Councilwoman Badalow is very interesting,
Councilman Tom Berry said it is a bad time to bring up making changes because the city budget has already been approved for the year.
“If we’re so focused on reducing our expenses or our overhead, why didn’t we bring this up during budget deliberations?” Berry said. “If you wanted to do something the time to do it was back when we were going through budgets, not now when we’re trying to discredit people for their positions or their jobs or to make a position or a point on something that we cannot act on.”
Badalow and Hicks-Clayton each countered that they did not vote for the 2013-14 budget.
“The reason it’s coming up now again … this was put on our agenda,” Badalow said. “I certainly didn’t put it on the agenda; it didn’t come from me.”
What did Mayor Paletko say,
Mayor Daniel Paletko said they pulled the car request from the agenda and aren’t requesting it any longer.
“But we keep hearing speeches about it,” Paletko said.
There you have it folks he pulled the car request and isn’t requesting it any longer so we should all shut up now.. Sorry Mr. Mayor, but you used CDBG Grant funds to pay for a car for 3 years that clearly wasn’t allowed. You took money away from deserving and needy people to give your department head a PERK. So no I think Mr. Mayor you have to answer to this shame on you.
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