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03/28/2017

THE FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL MONDAY OPENED THEIR MEETING WITH A DISCUSSION ON OPEN DISCUSSION- A REGULAR FEATURE OF THE MEETING. MAYOR DEB FOSTER DECIDED TO REPLACE OPEN DISCUSSION WITH COUNCIL DECIDING ON PROCEDURE FOR A MORE CONTROLLED AND ORDERLY OPEN DISCUSSION FORMAT AND SHE STARTED BY LISTING THE CHAIN OF COMMAND TO BRING SOMETHING BEFORE THE COUNCIL AND THAT WAS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WITH A PROBLEM OR QUESTION TO FIRST APPROACH CITY ADMINISTRATOR MIKE HUMPAL.

COUNCILOR AT LARGE AND MAYOR PRO-TEM TOM HAWKINS CHALLENGED THE MAYOR'S AUTHORITY TO ALTER THE AGENDA WITHOUT COUNCIL INPUT AND THE CITY CODE WAS QUOTED FOR HIM BY CITY ATTORNEY ELIZABETH BLOOMQUIST.

SHE REMINDED COUNCILOR HAWKINS THAT HE HAD APPROVED LAST NIGHT'S AGENDA AS PRESENTED ALONG WITH THE OTHER COUNCILORS.

COUNCILOR HAWKINS COUNTERED THAT HE HAD TALKED TO TWO ATTORNEY'S ABOUT THAT CONCERN.

ATTORNEY BLOOMQUIST AGAIN QUOTED THE CITY CODE ABOUT THE PRESIDING OFFICER(MAYOR) CAN VARY THE AGENDA EXCEPT AT PUBLIC HEARINGS.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR MIKE HUMPAL SAID THE IDEA OF AN AGENDA CONSENT FORM BEING FILLED OUT WOULD HELP MEETINGS FLOW BETTER.

COUNCILOR HAWMINS MADE A MOTION TO KEEP OPEN DISCUSSION AS IT AND THAT WAS SECONDED BY COUNCILOR RUTH CYPHERS BUT ON A ROLL CALL VOTE THOSE WERE THE ONLY YES VOTES. A SECOND MOTION TO ADOPT THE AGENDA FORM FOR FUTURE OPEN DISCUSSIONS WAS APPROVED WITH COUNCILORS JIM ZARLING,WAYNE HASEK AND BRUCE PETERS VOTING FOR AND COUNCILORS CYPHERS AND HAWKINS VOTING NO.

AGENDA SIGN UP FORMS CAN BE ACCESSED ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE FROM CITY CLERK PATTY MONSEN.


ROD HALVORSEN
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