Nat Adderley, Jr., renowned for being a jazz artist, pianist, composer and music arranger, will return to the city of his birth on Thursday, September 5th. A city-hosted celebration of his life and roots will be held at the Gadsden Arts Center from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Adderley will perform at the Quincy Music Theatre on Saturday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Born in Quincy in 1955, he moved with his family to Teaneck, New Jersey when he was five. His father was a composer and jazz cornet-trumpet player. His uncle, Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley was a world-renowned jazz alto saxophonist. Nephew Nat, Jr. was also the music director and arranger for Luther Vandross. At the Gadsden Arts Center reception, Quincy Mayor Keith Dowdell will present a Key to the City and a Proclamation to Nat Adderley, Jr.
The city discussed the proposed contract for interim city attorney Jerry Mills at its Tuesday, August 27th meeting. The contract would call for a set monthly rate for the legal advisor; exceptions might include in rare cases when there isn’t enough time to come before the commission to act upon someone suing the city, then his hourly rate would be $225. The board gave unanimous approval retroactive to his selection date of August 13th. “We’ll help get through this transition period as easily as possible,” said Mills.
Mills also made suggestions on ways to address recent legislation out of the state legislature. In one bill, the public has a right to participate in governmental meetings, except during quasi-judicial meetings, to give their say to the board before a vote is taken. In quasi-judicial meetings, only the parties involved or affected may speak.
The attorney praised the city in the efficiency of its charter and procedures. He suggested several modifications or amendments to the charter that need implementation by the new law’s start date of October 1, 2013.
Mills said he would draft amendments or places to repeal to come into compliance with the law. He was given the okay to bring the charter back in amendment form by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Derrick Elias voting no.
A lengthy discussion about the city’s finances followed. When questions came up about the pending auditor’s report that will show lower available funds, city manager Jack McLean said the city doesn’t pay its vendors from the unrestricted reserves (or savings) category, but out of the city’s cash flow.
“There will always be a certain amount of payables that will roll forward from year to year. We’ll have a plan (for the upcoming fiscal year budget) to pay those accounts. The plan keeps changing because of things that come up unexpectedly during the year. Last year, we took on too much debt because of lower utility revenues. We were $1.5 to $2 million short last year because of the lower utility revenues (that were down because of mild weather) from what was anticipated.
The commission also gave approval to the Talquin Electric Cooperative to replace its existing microwave tower with a new tower at the meeting.