At last night's Gillette City Council meeting there was a public hearing for the Gillette City budget for the new fiscal year. A majority of the discussion centered around a softball/baseball field complex for the Field Of Dreams site. Groups of individuals in favor the project as well as those concerned about the cost of the project took to the microphone. Both groups reinerated several points made over months of previous debate.
After nearly an hour of discussion on the budget City Councilman Robin Kuntz proposed an amendment to remove funding for the softball baseball field complex. That proposed amendment was seconded by City Councilman, Kevin McGrath, But failed to pass by a vote of four to three, with only city Councilman Force Rothleutner supporting Kuntz and Mcgrath. Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy provided reminders during and after the public hearing that capital projects in the budget still have to be voted on individually as they come up.
“That’s correct this is just a budget, whether or not projects come within budget come bid time remains to be seen and each and everyone of them has to have council majority approval.”---Murphy
When the vote on the budget itself was called for, Kuntz gave a long pause before saying, "I don't like it, but yes". McGrath was the only member of the council who provided a "no" vote to the fiscal year 2013/2014 budget.