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02/14/2017

THE FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL GOT INTO A HEATED DISCUSSION WHEN THE AGENDA ITEM ABOUT APPOINTING A COUNCILOR TO THE NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE TO CREATE A NEW FIRE SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH THE TOWNSHIPS SURROUNDING FAIRMONT. JIM ZARLING MADE A MOTION TO SELECT 4TH WARD COUNCILOR WAYNE HASEK TO THAT POSITION TO JOIN COUNCILOR BRUCE PETERS AS NEGOTIATORS. THAT VOTE WAS 5 - 0 IN FAVOR.

IN BETWEEN THE MOTION AND THE VOTE THE DISCUSSION HEATED UP WHEN COUNCIL PERSON AT LARGE TOM HAWKINS STATED THAT HE HAD BEEN ASKED BY SOMEONE FROM THE TOWNSHIPS TO TAKE PART IN THE MEETING IN HIS WORDS TO HELP MAINTAIN A GOOD RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE TOWNSHIPS

THE DISCUSSION FLARED UP BECAUSE THE NEGOTIATIONS TO THIS POINT AND AT THE DECISION BY BOTH PARTIES ARE IN CLOSED SESSIONS. IF A THIRD FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SHOWS UP THE MEETING THE COULD NOT TAKE PLACE BECAUSE OF THE OPEN MEETING LAW- WHICH WOULD REQUIRE PROPER NOTICE THAT IT WAS AN OPEN MEETING AND OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES. COUNCILOR HAWKINS ASKED IF THE COUNCIL COULD CHANGE THEIR POSITION AND HAVE AN OPEN MEETING TO WHICH COUNCILOR BRUCE PETERS SAID IF I WAS OPENED UP NOTHING WOULD GET DONE. COUNCILOR ZARLING MADE THE MOTION TO NOT HAVE AN OPEN MEETING AND THE VOTE ON THAT WAS 4-1 IN FAVOR AND COUNCILOR HAWKINS CAST THE LONE DISSENTING VOTE.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR MIKE HUMPAL SAYS THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE A FUTURE WORK SESSION TO DISCUSS THE OUTCOME OF THE NEGOTIATIONS BEFORE ANY VOTE OF THE COUNCIL AT A REGULAR MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE AGREEMENT.


ROD HALVORSEN
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