MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - According to members of the Madison City Council, Mayor Troy Trulock never notified them Donald Trump was moving his campaign event to the city of Madison.
"The council didn’t really know about the Donald Trump rally until we received an email from the superintendent and the board of education," said council president Tim Holcombe. "That’s how we found out about it, not that we needed to, but it would have been nice if we got a heads up earlier on.”
Holcombe says he's not upset the event was held, but says it highlights a growing communication gap between the council and the mayor. "I was with the mayor Thursday evening from 4:30 'til about 7... All of the options were in play at that time on making this happen. Never once did he mention it to me nor did he ever send out an email to the city council member to let them know. That’s inexcusable," said Holcombe.
Mayor Trulock says they were notified at the same time. "I think by 5:55 p.m., I found out, and I’m literally driving to the next event, that’s when I found out it was happening. So I’m in reaction mode, oh my goodness, we have less that 72 hours to pull this thing off," said Trulock.
Councilman Holcombe says the issue will be brought up at the next council meeting.
We also spoke to Mayor Trulock about how the hundreds of city employees, who worked long hours to keep everyone safe at the event, will be paid, since the Trump campaign didn't pay the city for security. "We don't know at this point. Give us about a month and we'll figure out what the costs are," said Trulock.
The mayor stresses this is normal. He compared it to when 5Ks use police officers for security for their races. "It may not be in the budget, but you have to provide public safety," said Trulock.
He also believes the masses of people, opening up their wallets while they were here, will give the city a boost through sales tax revenue. "It's a cost to the city, but as these folks are coming through, we get the economic impact of that so really what you do is you watch your revenue and as your revenues increase, because of an event like this, it offsets the cost to incur for this event," he said.