Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian got a special call during his monthly 'Ask the Mayor' segment on WPG Tuesday night.
Councilman Frank Gilliam called in to question the mayor as Guardian was talking to host Harry Hurley about the city's plan to avoid a state takeover.
Guardian, who released a lengthy statement on Monday detailing the steps his administration had taken to save the city money and fix its budgetary issues, said he had spent six hours Tuesday on the city's final plan to prevent the state takeover.
The plan, which is expected to be released in the next few weeks, could be as long as 125 pages, Guardian said.
Guardian also talked about the recent letter from the state, telling the city it may need to raise its taxes again after the city submitted its most recent budget.
"We can't do anything without the state...the state is fully aware of what we're doing,"Guardian said.
Then Gilliam called in to press Guardian on what exactly would be in the final plan.
It started poorly and went downhill from there.
Gilliam calls in. "What is the financial plan for the city? Guardian says a special meeting on plan will be called.— Christian Hetrick (@_Hetrick) October 18, 2016
Gilliam, a likely candidate for AC mayor, and Mayor Guardian are debating the budget on @HarryHurley right now.— Christian Hetrick (@_Hetrick) October 18, 2016
Good to know that this is how AC council communicates - live on radio. https://t.co/jm0A5OSlX5— Route 40 (@Route_40) October 18, 2016
At one point, Gilliam forced Guardian to explain that the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority would likely have to raise its commercial water rates to pay for the $110 million Bader Field purchase. The City Council is set to vote on that agreement Wednesday night.
Under questioning from Gilliam, Guardian says MUA would raise commercial water rates to pay for Bader Field sale.— Christian Hetrick (@_Hetrick) October 18, 2016
It's getting saucy on @HarryHurley. Guardian implies Gilliam is obstructionist: "You voted no on everything Frank...that's your prerogative"— Christian Hetrick (@_Hetrick) October 18, 2016
Gilliam and Guardian are talking over each other on @HarryHurley— Christian Hetrick (@_Hetrick) October 18, 2016
Gilliam: "This is another example of how you have piecemealed this city into ruins." Guardian: "...We're going to bring it back to life"— Christian Hetrick (@_Hetrick) October 18, 2016
The conversation took up the entire segment. Follow @_hetrick and @acpresshuba Wednesday night for full coverage of the Atlantic City Council meeting and watch live here on pressofac.com.