Council member Bruce Moore presented an ordinance based on similar ordinances from area cities, he said.
“Now that doesn’t mean we fill this at this point in time,” Moore said. “It just establishes a position that we can go ahead and start planning on.”
They might update the ordinance when the city fills the position, Moore added.
Moore said he is not suggesting filling it immediately and noted that Sheridan, who handles finances for the city, was adamant that they cannot afford it right now.
“I’m not sure how he comes up with that,” Moore said.
The absent Sheridan stated his opposition to the ordinance during discussion of the issue in a meeting the week prior.
He said the city has had issues caused by adopting ordinances without review by the city attorney, adding that he believed the city could not afford to hire a public works director at the time, anyway, and should not be paying for a review of the proposed ordinance until they needed it.
The city’s attorney, Stephen Wood, told the council he had not reviewed the ordinance.