She considers that a smack in the face to the school district and its students who are losing teachers and aides. What about their quality of life? she asked.

“Is this money burning a hole in our pockets?” asked Bosco. “Do we need to spend this right now?”

O’Connell noted the city and school district are two separate political entities. He also noted young people appeared before council a couple years ago to ask for a skateboard park.

Resident Rich Fegley also criticized the city for “wanting to blow $5 million in one year on random projects.” He claimed the money belongs to city residents and told council “this is not your money to spend. This $5 million should not be spent on any of these projects.”