$2 million worth of drainage and alley way repairs are headed Springfield’s way, but one alderman still isn’t happy about how that happened.
Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin is trying to tie the city’s pension problems to infrastructure repair, both of which he says need attention. Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson reminded McMenamin that this money cannot be used for pensions and there’s no use holding up infrastructure repairs.
“I am getting to the point where I’m getting tired of calling [Public Works] Director [Mark] Mahoney and asking him what’s he going to do, when’s he going to do it,” said Simpson, noting she gets daily calls from constituents about the problems. “This will not solve the problem, but it will certainly put a dent in the problem.”
The infrastructure money is coming from previous sales tax increases approved specifically for that reason.
McMenamin’s proposal sought to lower the amount spent on repairs to $1 million and spend another million on pension backlogs — money that would have to come from somewhere else.