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