“I think, with some, (Argo would) have already been gone,” he said Tuesday. “We’d either be back in the county, partially in Springville, Margaret, Trussville, whatever.”
Playing host to the St. Clair County Mayor’s Association Breakfast Tuesday morning at the town’s newly completed municipal complex, Jennings was still discussing budgetary concerns, albeit with slightly more ease.
“We’ve got some people who are fighting hard to keep everything like it is,” he said. “It’s kind of like putting a stopper in a hole — we don’t have it stopped yet, but we’ve got it down to a good-sized drip anyway.”
Begun under the administration of mayor Louie Glenn, the municipal complex has been a hot topic for many in Argo since Jennings’s administration began in November 2008. Thanks to money loaned from the Alabama League of Municipalities, as well as the St. Clair County Commission, Argo plans to move its municipal operations to the new complex sometime in March. The council authorized Herschel Phillips — the council’s newest member — to spend up to $1,000 for incidental costs related to the move.
“This (breakfast) was Herschel’s idea,” said Jennings. “(Mayor’s Association chairman Rusty Jessup) said to him, ‘It’s Argo’s time to host.’ And Herschel said, ‘Let’s have it at the new building.’ I thought, ‘You’re talking about a big chore.’”
Not all is perfect in Argo – the council voted to extend its FY09 budget until April at its most recent meeting and has a work session scheduled for Thursday to discuss the matter further. Substantial cuts already have taken place within the city’s fire and police departments.
Still, Jennings thanked his council, the county and all those willing to lend a hand.
“We’re doing the best we can with what we do have,” he said. “As I say every month, we’re still here and we’re proud to still be here.”