Veto Override Fails: Central’s Council Size to Stay at Five

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By Dave Freneaux

    The ordinance seeking to increase the size of Central’s City Council has failed.  Council Members Messina, Washington and LoBue attempted to override the Mayor’s veto of this ordinance, but failed to garner support from either Council Member DeJohn or Council Member Moak.  A super-majority of four votes is required to override a veto by the Mayor.  Mayor Watts had vetoed the ordinance, stating that he is not in favor of bigger government for Central.

    The City Council has been at odds over this decision for months, with Council Members Washington, Messina and LoBue standing by their decision to increase the size of the Council by dividing into five Districts and adding two At-Large seats.  Council Members Moak and DeJohn supported a move to five Districts, allowing each area of the city to elect one Council Member, but have been opposed to the increased cost of adding two Council Members.

    Council Members LoBue, Messina and Washington campaigned for a change to Districts, but at the last Council meeting voted down a compromise offered by DeJohn to establish five Districts, and another compromise to move to Divisions.  Council Member Moak finally proposed that this decision be put to a vote of the people, but Messina, Washington and LoBue also voted that down.


  1. Jason Ellis

    October 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I find it highly shameful that three elected officials continue to deny me a right to vote on this issue. Nowhere in the Lawrason act does it keep council members from doing the right thing for this community. Just because the Lawrason Act says something doesn’t mean we have to do what it says every single time. Do you find the “Lawrason Act” to be a more flawless law than our own Constitution, which has been amended I might add 27 times. Thanks Mayor Watts, Councilman Dejohn and Councilman Moak for listening to all of the residents who oppose growing the bureaucracy of government for no good reason. “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” – Henry David Thoreau

  2. Ray Ashford

    October 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Can someone please give me an example, of a situation or problem, you brought before the council, or an individual councilman, that wasn’t addressed and made you feel that you lacked representation, thus bringing you to the conclusion that the addition of two council seats would have rectified your problem? Please use your name and the council person you spoke with. The only possible complaint I heard of during this whole process is that of a lady in Indian Mound, who had to wait two days, before she was contacted by a council person. I don’t know if she was satisfied with the results she received.

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