by: Scott McCaulley
The on-going discussion on whether to proceed with the completion moving of utilities underground on 76 Country Boulevard has been postponed until January.
When the Bill came up for Final Reading at Tuesday’s Branson Board of Alderman Meeting, Alderman Bill Skains made a motion to postpone the reading of the Bill until the next regular meeting in January since one of the alderman was not present at the meeting. After a tense exchange between Skains and Alderman Larry Milton which also included Mayor Edd Akers, the motion to postpone the final reading of the Bill passed on a 3-2 vote with Milton and Kevin McConnell voting against it.
Over the last few months, the Board has been deadlocked on the issue of moving forward with the 76 Project and though Mayor Akers has expressed support for the Bill, he has not been able to break a tie due to either a board member being absent or an abstention vote. Last month, citing a city code provision, Akers changed the abstention vote to no allowing Akers to vote to pass the Bill on First Reading.
The Bill and two other related Bills will be considered for Final Reading at the next Board of Alderman Regular Meeting on January 14.