City of Ely Mayor Melody Van Camp  issued her first ever veto on March 9 in an attempt to stop the city council’s recent vote to spend more than the originally approved $500,000 to purchase a new building to relocate City Hall. The council voted 3-1 in favor of spending the extra money on the potential new City Hall site on Campton Street in a special meeting held in the Armory on  March 5.

Councilman Bruce Setterstrom was the lone “nay” vote, saying that he could not approve of spending an unknown amount of money to rehabilitate the new building to fit the needs of City Hall. Councilman Westland was absent from the vote.

Van Camp had previously stated that she wanted to move City Hall into the former unemployment office on Campton and was in favor of the council’s decision to approve up to $500,000 to spend on the building. When inspections revealed that the cost would actually be much higher than that amount however, and decided it was too much.

“I was really on the fence about this and spoke with a lot of people and did a lot of homework, but in the end it was just too much money,” Van Camp said.