JUNCTION CITY - The City Council questioned spending money on people the city had laid off and the cost of medals for police officers and firefighters who rescued families from a recent apartment fire.
The bills for those expenditures, however, were approved unanimously Thursday. Council member Dewayne Taylor wasn't there for the vote.
The police and fire departments bought $200 worth of medals for police officer Randell Miller, police officer Anthony Pinkston, who had been laid off, Lincoln County Constable Toby Henderson and four firefighters who were injured.
"We're broke, and we're spending $200 on a couple of medals?" Councilman Jimmy Douglas said.
Council member Roberta Zeller said she also thought that was too much to spend on medals. Newly-elected Council member Donnie Goode called the amount "ridiculous."
The council then questioned $44 spent on lunch and $75 on gift certificates for two water department employees who had been laid off.