The first of these resolutions authorized that $80,000 of the $100,000 set aside in the 2017 budget "for legal defense of an anticipated legal challenge to the City's weighted voting and ward system" be redirected toward "the construction of the Promenade Hill Park ramp." The second resolution authorized that the entire $100,000 be redirected to the ramp.
In the discussion that ensued, it became clear that the $80,000 resolution was the initiative of Alderman Abdus Miah (Second Ward) and the $100,000 resolution was the initiative of Alderman Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward). Garriga called the ramp "an important project that needs to be completed" and explained that the point of the resolution was "to earmark the money to assure that the project will go forward." Garriga told her fellow aldermen that if the mayor's efforts to secure additional grant money for the ramp and to reduce the cost of its construction are successful, what was not needed of the $100,000 would go back into the general fund.
Alderman Rick Rector (First Ward) asked Garriga how much of the total cost of the ramp, which is estimated to be $155,000, had already been set aside. Garriga said it was $50,000; Gossips' information is that it is $60,000.
When DeStefano asked for an introduction and a second for the $80,000 resolution, Miah introduced, but no one seconded. When an introduction and second were requested for the $100,000 resolution, Garriga introduced, and Alderman Robert "Doc" Donahue (Fifth Ward) seconded.
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