Council approves veterans cemetery funding

December 3, 2013 • Local News

City councilors approved a $75,000 resolution to break ground on a veterans cemetery Tuesday night, against the advice of its city attorney after she was questioned if the action would violate public notice requirements of the state Open Meetings Act.

The funds will jump-start the project on a small section at South Park Cemetery, including the installation of a water system, electrical and a drive-up area.

Earlier Tuesday, the city’s Finance Committee recommended the funding, approved by committee members and Councilors Jimmy Craig and Art Sandoval.

Mayor Del Jurney questioned whether the council could pass the budget resolution Tuesday night, as the city might not have properly notified the public.

“There’s going to have to be a resolution, but we didn’t advertise it that way,” Jurney said Tuesday morning.

City Attorney Barbara Patterson advised the committee to only make a motion to recommend the funding.

“You can make a motion to recommend up to $75,000,” Patterson said. “Your motion can be: $75,000 out of the appropriate Login to read more

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