MOUNT VERNON — A proposed ordinance that would create a citywide inventory policy was postponed until Feb. 27, when Mount Vernon City Council met Monday night.
During a 30-minute committee meeting to discuss the legislation, several city department heads addressed council and administration regarding the legislation.
Some department heads said they did not believe council should set policy, including Geoff Oliver, parks department; Chris Menapace, fire department; Pam Muralt and Judy Scott, water and waste water department.
Muralt told council the city currently has work rules that say what should be done but that those rules need to be applied to everyone across the board.
Menapace presented a letter to council and administration stating his belief that inventory is an administrative issue and not one for the legislative body.
“Although each of you possess great intelligence and dedication to serving our community, collectively you do not have an operational or logistical understanding of how business is conducted by every department within our city on a daily basis,” Menapace wrote. He went on to suggest council approve an ordinance directing administration to create an inventory control policy rather than have council set the rules for such a policy.