MERIDEN — The City Council on Monday night voted to approve a new assistant director position for the city’s 911 dispatch center and the restoration of a legal clerk position, while postponing a proposal to add a systems administrator position in the Information Technology Department.
City Attorney Deborah Moore said the $70,413 legal clerk is needed and pointed out that an attorney position was cut last year.
“The work doesn’t go away unfortunately just because one position got eliminated,” she said.
During the ensuing discussion, Mayor Kevin Scarpati disagreed.
”I continue to believe this is not a necessary position at this time especially when we are facing cuts in other areas in the budget, especially when we have teachers here for the last few months explaining what will happen when we make cuts on that side of the aisle,” Scarpati said.
Councilor Cathy Battista, who felt Scarpati had cut Moore off, then asked Moore be able to finish speaking.
”I would like, with all due respect to have the city attorney. continue her sentence and not be cut off,” Battista said.
In other business, the Council voted to allocate $5,000 for drug buy money for the police department from asset forfeiture funds and referred a resolution to add two cruisers for $92,000 to the Finance Committee.