M.O.R.E. – Common Council March 25th, 2009 Meeting Notes
The M.O.R.E ordinance was the most widely debated action taken at this Common Council meeting. This ordinance lays out resident preference program requirements, emerging business requirements, and prevailing wage requirements for both public projects and private projects receiving over $1 million in direct financial assistance. It is important to note the definition of direct financial assistance excludes funding for public infrastructure built as part of these projects.
There was an additional amendment, brought forward by Alderman Michael Murphy following City Comptroller Wally Morics suggestion that this ordinance include a reporting mechanism to track the costs and benefits going forward. This amendment passed unanimously.
Common Council President Hines made a last effort to stop the ordinance saying “again there are too many unanswered questions” and that “good intentions, unfortunately isn’t good enough.” After this last appeal, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton thanked numerous members of the committee and Alderwoman Coggs gave a long summation urging support of the ordinance. Wrapping up the long discussion, Alderman Willie Wade stated that “I’m prepared to win or lose, because this is a fight worth fighting” and that “we need to grow our middle class.” This ordinance passed on a eight to seven vote and will now go before the mayor for signing.