NORTH OGDEN -- City Councilman Wade Bigler is leading a movement to overturn a city council decision to possibly bond for up to $10 million to build a public works facility.
Bigler and his supporters want the bond measure on the November ballot. Bigler is frustrated with the city and his fellow council members by the process of building the facility and believes the cost is too high.
About 125 residents rallied Thursday night and made plans to gather 2,000 signatures of registered voters to overturn the council's vote.
But the council won't even vote on the measure the residents are planning to overturn until Aug. 9, after a public hearing on a proposed bond to build a public works facility.
Bigler explained that, although the vote hasn't taken place, he is "sure" the council will vote to bond and he wanted residents to leave the meeting and start signing the petition to overturn the vote.
"I'm here as a resident and do not represent the city or the city council in any way," Bigler said. "This is not going to turn into a bashing of city leaders."
Resident Neal Berube questioned the ethics of the city for appointing Jim Harris as project manager for the public works building because he is married to Councilwoman Martha Harris.
"I think it's a conflict of interest and he needs to be out of there," Berube said.
Bigler said he brought up the conflict-of-interest issue, but nothing has been done.
Jim Harris, a retired construction director from Weber State University, donates his time as project manager and was volunteer project manager for the city's community services building.
City Manager Ed Dickie said the council agreed to appoint Jim Harris to the position and that his volunteer time has saved the city nearly $800,000.
City Attorney Dave Carlson wrote an opinion stating that Jim Harris' involvement with the site is not a conflict of interest.
"We can't do it before Aug. 9 because we want to be aboveboard here," Bigler said of gathering signatures. "But we are going to do this. This isn't an if -- it's going to happen."
Bigler told residents that, if they didn't like what was going on in the city, they needed to speak out in the voting booth in November and introduced about six people in the audience who would be running against the incumbents, Martha Harris, Ron Flamm and Carl Turner.
Sixteen candidates will be running for the three city council spots.