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January 3, 2014

Mayor vetoes Farwell severance package

New Councilmembers react

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Vulich had until the end of the day Thursday to veto, sign or allow the resolution to go into effect without his signature. Farwell’s last day with the city was Thursday, the same day his severance package was set to be in effect.

Vulich’s veto doesn’t entirely resolve the matter as it could be overridden. Five of the seven council members would need to vote in favor of the resolution calling for a six-month severance package within 30 days to override the veto. If it was overridden, the resolution would immediately be effective.

However, the council voting on the override would not be the same council that approved the settlement agreement on Dec. 20. Four new council members were sworn in Thursday. The new members will meet for the first council meeting on Jan. 14.

Current At-large Coucilman John Rowland and Ward 1 Councilwoman Julie Allesee voted in favor of the three-month amendment during the Dec. 20 meeting. When asked about overriding the veto, Rowland said he would have to wait and see, instead focusing on his disapproval of the mayor’s action.

“I’m disappointed the mayor would do something silly like this over $28,000. He’s been in office for years and the city has acquired millions of dollars in debt. I find it funny he’s now becoming a watchdog of the city’s money after running the train into the ditch,” Rowland said.

Rowland also decried the mayor’s use of a veto on a contract between one of the two employees hired by the council, the other being the city administrator.

“How can he veto something that by contract calls for only the council,” Rowland said. “Clearly he has no authority.”

According to Iowa Code, the mayor can veto an amendment, resolution or ordinance within 14 days as long as he is not entitled to vote at the time of passage. The mayor is required to issue a written statement for his reasons to the council members.

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