If the draft agenda for Monday's upcoming Common Council meeting is any indication, the ongoing power struggle between the city's executive branch, the mayor, and its legislative branch, the Common Council, will continue in public.
In three draft resolutions, the Common Council challenges the authority mayor Sebastian Giuliano has claimed for the office of the mayor.
In one resolution, the Council demands that the mayor freeze all open positions in the city, only to be "unfrozen" with a request to the Council. In another resolution, the Council is proposing a 10% reserve on every line item in the General Funding, excluding salaries, contractual obligations, debt service and the Board of Education. This reserve will stay in place until the end of the fiscal year, and replaces a general 10% operating fund reserve formerly placed by the Common Council, but ignored by the mayor. Finally, the Common Council proposes advising the mayor to "correct" his actions in approving the creation of positions in the Police Department.
The Council will take up all resolutions at Monday's Common Council meeting.