It has been a hectic couple of weeks at City Hall as citizens packed council chambers to voice their views on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

Its passage by an 8-3 vote Thursday allows members of the council to focus on other city business.

But District 4 Councilman Ray Saldana says that in spite of the countless meetings and long hours dealing with the ordinance demanded other matters did not fall by the wayside.

“Just because attention may be drawn to something controversial that doesn’t mean that your trash is not picked up, your parks are not clean and our streets are not scheduled to get fixed,” Saldana said.

He said that he is confident that the council will be able to balance the $2.3 billion budget they’re now about to take up.

Referring to the huge crowds the NDO attracted to their meetings, Saldana said, “We’d love to see 150 people come out to watch us balance our budget as we’ve done over the last 10 years.”

“It’s about how do we control the rise of health care costs, how do we continue to pay our employees, our police and firefighters, build new fire stations,” Saldana said as he discussed the budget concerns they’re dealing with.

He said he and his council colleagues must insure that all core services such as police, parks, fire and library needs are not neglected.