UPDATE: I’ve been told Mayer’s resolution failed because no one seconded her motion. She walked out of the meeting upset.
On Tuesday night, September 6, the Franklin Common Council unanimously approved a proposal to potentially spend up to $26.8 million to help finance a mixed-use development including a new baseball stadium. The council voted 6-0 to create a tax incremental financing district (TIF) for the Ballpark Commons.
Alderwoman Susanne Mayer was one of the six aye votes. Suddenly she’s changed her mind.
When the council next meets on Tuesday it will consider a proposed resolution by Mayer to reconsider the unanimous vote taken on September 6. Parliamentary procedure allows any member that voted in the majority to request reconsideration.
What transpired in less than two weeks for Mayer to have second thoughts? Did someone or possibly more than one individual get to her? Is she being used? And if so is it to kill the project that now has momentum?
I’ve heard some rumblings but since I can’t substantiate the answers to those questions I won’t get into what I’ve heard or what I may think is happening.
Consider the possibilities for Tuesday’s meeting. Mayer moves that her resolution be taken up. Who is going to second the motion? If there is a second would that mean the alderman/woman making the motion also changed his/her mind and may no longer be in support of the creation of a TIF?
And how would that vote go down? I can’t fathom the possibility of all 6 council members wanting the entire matter reconsidered.
There’s also the real possibility that no colleague of Mayer is going to second her motion and it falls flat. If I were on the council I personally would want no part of Mayer’s shenanigans.
By the way, this whole reconsideration tactic does occur at governmental meetings, but usually on technical items or minor formalities and rarely on an issue of this magnitude.
Mayer’s aldermanic term, her first, has not been anything to write home about. She’s missed meetings and even apologized to constituents about one of them. At times she has expressed an inability to grasp the issue at hand and has frequently sounded like she doesn’t understand what’s being discussed.
Mayer has some explaining to do. I would urge supporters of Ballpark Commons to attend Tuesday’s meeting and demonstrate solidarity against whatever Mayer is trying to pull.
Hopefully she realizes how utterly foolish she’ll appear if her intentions totally bomb. But given her disappointing track record thus far I’m not sure she does.