By PAUL SIMS
The alderman who put forth the idea to align a citizens committee with a Board of Aldermen panel says he wonâ€™t 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 Aldermenâ€™s 5-1 vote to require the Transportation Committee to report to the boardâ€™s 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 Wisemanâ€™s absence.
Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins says his intent was for the Transportation Committee to report to the board panel â€śto conserve time with respect to the Board of Aldermen meetings.â€ť
He said: â€śThe motion that I offered was not intended to negatively impact the functions, the duties and the operations of the Transportation Committee.â€ť
On Tuesday, Wiseman said he thought Sistrunk â€śmade a wise decision to veto the order as it was passed.â€ť
Perkins countered that he is â€śof the strong opinion that the motion that I offered was a very substantive motion.â€ť
Wiseman said he also doesnâ€™t â€śthink it hurts to have additional discussion about a potential committee reporting structure,â€ť adding itâ€™s something which needs a comprehensive approach, one which â€śtakes into account potential process inefficiencies that may result.â€ť
Perkins says he thinks there wonâ€™t be any attempt to override the veto.
â€śCertainly Iâ€™m not going to exert any effort to pursue an override of the vice mayorâ€™s veto on this matter,â€ť he said.
In a March comment following the intent order, Sistrunk said â€śthe new structure should result in a streamlined process (the board order has created additional layers of review and additional meeting requirements).â€ť
If the structureâ€™s 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 Sistrunkâ€™s main concerns with boardâ€™s action was its focus on one subset of citizen and board committees without addressing the system holistically. â€śThereâ€™s a very valid concernâ€ť that the system would become unreliable and confusing, he said.