. . . The mayor's financial adviser, Curt Coonrod, for his part, said council members have been correct to be concerned about revenues. But he said, regardless, the city needed their help now to pay its bills.
Sharp said Brainard can figure out another way.
"You're not going to call me a liar and then when it turns out I told the truth, I’m not going to fix it for you," Sharp said. "He’s just going to have to do it himself, and there are numerous ways to do it. It’s just that Mayor Brainard is used to bullying and that’s what he’s trying to do now.
"I’m not going to be an enabler. This is not a question about dollars and cents. It’s a question about ethics and policies."
The city needs that money to pay debt service due on bonds in December, according to documents filed with the city. Coonrod said the city also needs money to make payroll in December . . .So what does Brainard do now that the council voted down the fund transfer?. He phoned in to the clerk-treasurer a request that she transfer the funds and pay the bills anyway without the council's approval and obtain the retroactive approval of the fund transfers next year. "The council members voting against the ordinance could have offered an alternative, and they did not," he said in the statement. "They are outgoing council members (defeated in the election) and the city should not suffer because they could not make a responsible decision." Brainard's solution calls for transferring funds from the city's highway, capital projects, sewer and fire pension funds.