The Harahan City Council on Thursday unanimously approved four ordinances proposed by Councilman Craig Johnston requiring the city to adopt a budget each year by the beginning of the fiscal year and to post the budget, public contracts and the city’s check register on the city’s website.
Johnston’s ordinances, which he said he conceived to promote transparency in government, were first proposed in February but failed by a 3-2 margin after opponents said the new council and administration needed more time.
Mayor Tina Miceli said the administration didn’t have the technological capacity to comply with the deadlines imposed by the ordinances.
This time around, council members Carrie Wheeler, Tim Baudier and Susan Benton said enough time has passed and that they’ve learned the city does in fact have the capability to comply with the deadlines for posting material online imposed by the ordinances.
The council also approved the nomination of former Magistrate Judge Thomas Anzelmo Jr. as the city attorney.
Anzelmo, who was nominated by Miceli, recently ran for 24th Judicial District Court judge, losing in a runoff to Danyelle Taylor.
He was Harahan’s appointed magistrate judge from 2009 until the end of last year.
Anzelmo replaces Stephen London, who stepped down last month after saying he found the job was taking more time away from his private law practice than he thought it would when he accepted the nomination.
London’s resignation came in advance of a no-confidence vote sought by Councilwoman Dana Huete after a disagreement over whether Miceli had the authority to select a new city engineering firm. She also questioned his professionalism after an exchange she found to be disrespectful.
London said he hadn’t heard of the possible no-confidence vote when he made his decision.
The city attorney position is considered part time and pays $27,000 per year without benefits.
In other business, the city scheduled its budget hearings for April 20 and 22 at 5:30 p.m. The first session will deal with the police and fire departments and the second with the rest of the budget.
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