June 26, 2021 — On June 23, the Dunes City Council meeting took place with all councilors in actual physical attendance at Dunes City Hall for the first time in more than a year.
Among the agenda for councilors to consider was discussion of two important issues submitted for action by City Administrator Jaime Mills, Resolution Series 2021, No.2 and Resolution Series 2021, No. 3.
The meeting was brought to order by Mayor Robert Forsythe, who asked for acceptance of the consent agenda, which he received.
Mills then made a brief report sharing the information that the state will attempt to increase their share of the revenue from cannabis sales and the fact that Dunes City will now be accepting unused medications for return to state authorities, at no cost to the consumer.
Next, councilors considered Resolution No. 2, which certifies Dunes City will provide four services from a larger group required by the state, in order to be eligible to receive state revenue.
“According to state law, cities have to provide four services as listed with legislation in order to receive state funds,” Mills said.
There were no public comments regarding the resolution, which declared the following four services would be forwarded to state authorities as available to residents:
1) Enhanced Fire Protection
2) Street construction, maintenance and lighting.
3) Storm sewers
4) Water utility service
The motion to accept Mill’s recommendation to approve the resolution was passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 3 was a request from Mills for councilors to approve the budget for the city for the next budgetary year.
After a brief discussion outlining the past stages in the budgetary process, Councilor Rory Hammond raised a minor objection to the resolution.
“I don’t have any problems with how much money we are going to spend; it’s how we are going to spend it,” he said. “I want to see how we are going to replace our computers.”
Mills then reassured Hammond that there would be a process in place for councilors to see before expenditures were made.
Hammond accepted this explanation and the motion was passed unanimously, approving a budget of $761,201 for the fiscal year 2021-2022.
At the end of the meeting, councilor reports were brief.
Councilor Susan Snow spoke about stop signs and how they are being ignored, and Councilor Duke Wells encouraged people to write their elected officials with concerns regarding what he feels is a diminution of Second Amendment rights and the right to self-protection.
The next Dunes City Council meeting is scheduled for July 28, 2021.
For more information, visit dunescityhall.com.