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Lisa Marshall

There’s a New Marshall in Town: Bainbridge Gets Its Attorney

Lisa Marshall has just been named City Attorney by Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze after what the City called “a lengthy and rigorous selection process.”

That process included panel interviews of five finalists by City Councilmembers, senior staff, and Schulze. He explained it was an “extremely difficult decision, as the finalists each had their own unique strengths and areas of experience.”

Marshall brings a wealth of relevant experience to the job. She has previously served as City Attorney for Newcastle, Burien, Duvall, Maple Valley, Lake Stevens, and Edgewood. Most recently, she was a contract attorney for T-Mobile.

Marshall is also a recipient of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Amicus Award, given to a volunteer attorney for his or her dedication to the rights of those seeking asylum and protection under U.S. laws.

She received her J.D. from the University of Puget Sound and her B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University.

Marshall will begin work for the City next month.

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Mayor Steve Bonkowski

Bonkowski Steps into Lester’s Shoes as City Council Elects Him New Mayor

Last night at the Bainbridge Island City Council meeting, Councilmember Steve Bonkowski accepted the council’s unanimous vote electing him mayor for 2013. Although the role of mayor is largely ceremonial in our city’s manager-council system, the mayor is expected to preside over council meetings and make appearances at a large number of functions.

As mayor during 2012, Debbi Lester was seemingly everywhere, handing out awards, attending ceremonies, making speeches, and supporting with her presence and encouragement her busy community’s many activities, always with a smile and always saying the right, encouraging thing. Last night, Bonkowski, after thanking the council for electing him, acknowledged that Lester’s were “a tough set of shoes to follow because I know how active and busy you’ve been.”

Debbi LesterIn ending her role as mayor, Lester stood up and walked to the podium to review some of the city’s most impressive and happy accomplishments over the last year. She referred to 2012 as one of “community successes and great collaboration” before listing numerous events and achievements, many of which she described as coming at little or no cost to the city:

  • Completion of the Winslow street reconstruction.
  • The $100,000 renovation (leading to LEED certification) of the Morales farmhouse, which now houses farming interns.
  • The installation of solar panels on city hall.
  • The renovation of Bainbridge Island Municipal Court.
  • A tour of hazardous nonmotorized transportation conditions that Lester said was leading to a grant to correct the dangers.
  • Completion of the Bethany Lutheran Trail along Sportsman Club.
  • The construction/remodel of the new Waterfront Community Center (which will be celebrating its grand reopening January 23 at 11 a.m.
  • The construction of the new gateway park at 305 and Winslow Way.
  • 1.8 million in federal funding for road preservation and nonmotorized projects in grants were awarded to COBI
  • Proclamations celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bainbridge Public Library, honoring the life of Japanese-American strawberry farmer Akio Suyematsu, honoring the life of former councilmember Norm Wooldridge, and celebrating the awarding of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Bainbridge’s Sergeant Julie Bringloe (hosted by IB).

Lester concluded by saying, “It’s been quite a year. It’s been an honor to serve as mayor and I look forward to even greater successes and collaborations in the coming year.” Bonkowski said that he had been planning on reviewing Lester’s accomplishments but now wouldn’t duplicate what she had said.

Lester omitted some of the less savory moments of the past year including the lengthy, expensive, and fraught search for a new city manager; the ongoing squabbling among city council members; the resignation of the police chief, the city attorney, and the police commander; the high-profile Ostling civil suit against the city, which the city lost; and the negative effects on local businesses of the Winslow street reconstruction. But now, with a new city manager in place, the search started for the new police chief, and a year of experience under the belts of council newcomers, Lester can step down on a stable, highish note. The more taciturn Mayor Bonkowski is right in recognizing that he likely will have trouble matching Lester’s ubiquity and seemingly unending energy and tolerance for public events.

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Guest City Attorney Advises Council to Rely on Its Own City Attorney

Last Wednesday night, Tom Brubaker, the city attorney for Kent, missed his intended 8:10 ferry as he addressed Bainbridge Island councilmembers and answered their many questions about the role of city attorneys in city government. He had been invited without pay to help resolve a council dispute that began in January when Councilmember Ward, with the knowledge of Mayor Lester and Councilmember Bonkowski, bypassed city attorney Will Patton to hire an outside attorney (already under contract with the city for a different matter) to provide counsel on the issue of seeking the termination of the city manager.

The goal for Wednesday night’s meeting was for the the council to receive and heed an outside expert’s advice about the proper use of the city attorney by the city council. Brubaker was not the first expert invited by the council for this purpose. In February, Steve DiJulio, an attorney with Foster Pepper, had also addressed the council. But some councilmembers later objected to the choice of DiJulio, as he had previously been employed by the city. That’s when the council decided to invite Brubaker to speak.

Brubaker’s talk was necessarily peppered with the homonyms council and counsel, which occasionally confused and tripped up those present. But not at all confusing was his consistent message that the council should be able to rely on the city attorney for advice.

When asked what should happen in the event of a perceived conflict involving the city attorney, which was presumably the case in January with the independent move to seek outside counsel, Brubaker said that the city attorney would determine if there was a conflict of interest. If there was, then the attorney would authorize and establish outside conflict counsel. He also stressed that this type of conflict would happen only rarely.

At that point, Councilmember Ward said, “I’ve talked to a couple of attorneys who disagree with your opinion that the person who is in the conflict is the one who should determine whether or not they’re in the conflict.” Brubaker stood his ground but listed further steps a councilmember could take if he or she disagreed with the city attorney that there was a conflict, including hiring his or her own attorney, asking for dispute resolution, or writing the Bar Association.

He said this arrangement was a “normal setup” happening in pretty much every city around the country. He told the council that they were one municipal corporation, by statute. “You have an attorney, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t trust that attorney.” He added that if they couldn’t trust their attorney, then they should hire another one.

He also questioned the reason for the city to have an outside firm on contract when there is an established city attorney on staff. He said that he believed that there would be no benefit to the council working with an outside attorney. “In fact,” he said, “I think it does harm to your organizational structure.”

Ward referred several times to the practice established by past city councils of consulting with both in-house and outside counsel. Councilmember Scales corrected Ward, saying that it was not an established practice. In the past when councilmembers consulted with outside counsel, he said, it was because the city had not yet hired a city attorney. After that point, they only used outside counsel if the city attorney advised them to.

Ward said he disagreed with that based on conversations he’d had with former councilmembers Debbie Vann and Debbie Vancil.

Regardless of what the past policy was, Brubaker said that an individual councilmember should not assign work tasks to an outside attorney unless authorized to do so by the full council, which had not been the case in January.

Will Patton

Will Patton

At one point, Brubaker and Bainbridge Island city attorney Will Patton good naturedly disagreed about a provision in the Revised Code of Washington, the RCW. Brubaker read the RCW as saying that the council could appoint the city attorney. Patton argued that the RCW authorizes the council to determine whether to appoint a city attorney but that once that decision is made then it is the city manager who appoints or fires the attorney. Brubaker laughed and said the council should listen “to Will who probably has the right read on it.”

After Ward and Councilmember Hytopoulos discussed the rationale behind the belief that it was okay to hire outside counsel, Brubaker pointed out that the city attorney himself could have provided valuable insight into whether it was appropriate to do so. He said about Patton, “You’ve got one of the most qualified attorneys in the state right here.”

When Brubaker was done answering questions, there was confusion and disagreement about next steps. Scales said he would be willing to accept Ward’s use of prior council behavior as a criterion for determining policy but that not just two former councilmembers but all former councilmembers should be interviewed on their practices.

In what became a circular discussion about next steps, Ward then suggested that Patton draft a policy document. Scales countered that the city attorney does not make policy. He asked Ward, “What is the policy you are proposing, Dave?” Ward replied, “A policy that would define access to the city attorney.” Hytopoulos wondered how the council was going to work with Patton on drafting a policy statement when they had clearly indicated through their prior behavior that they did not trust him.

The only light moment of this segment of the council meeting happened at the end when Patton thanked Brubaker for the nice things he had said about him but added that he took exception to Brubaker’s saying that Patton had worked for “umpteen years” as an attorney. Brubaker laughed and said he knew he would get in trouble for that.

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Bauer Is Out; Scuffle Erupts at City Council

Although it wasn’t added to the agenda until the beginning of the City Council meeting, Councilmember David Ward last night moved that the City Attorney be directed to provide City Manager Brenda Bauer with a termination notice, making March 15 her last day in office. After tense discussion, accusations, and criticisms, the council voted 4-3 in favor of the motion.

During a recess after the vote, there was a fight of a different sort that broke out between a former City Councilmember and a former City Council candidate in the hallway outside of chambers. Police responded to the incident.

In Chambers

The disagreement in Chambers centered around the fact that several Councilmembers felt they had been blindsided by the motion. Councilmember Scales reminded the Council what procedures had been agreed upon in regards to the transition from one manager to another. He said that he had been designated back in January to negotiate with the City Manager, which he did. He said that they had reached a settlement agreement with Bauer. The way Bauer was convinced to stay to supervise the transition to a new manager, he said, was through an additional two months severance pay, insurance benefits, and retirement benefits. Had the Council made the decision to terminate back in January, it would have cost the city significantly less money, he said.

Councilmember Blossom called a point of order saying that she disagreed with Scales’ characterization of the negotiation. She said that they had discussed this in Executive Session and it was therefore confidential. Scales reminded her that they had waived the confidentiality on all matters related to the City Manager. Mayor Lester ruled on the point of order and asked Scales to continue but to keep his comments to five minutes.

Hytopoulos said she did not remember ever having time limits put upon Councilmembers.

Scales then said it was hard to work on the Council when the rules were made up as they went along. A member of the public called out for the Council to stop squabbling and get on with it. Scales proceeded but switched his focus to Bauer’s accomplishments.

Hytopoulos said that she regretted that back in January when the decision had been made to terminate Bauer, she had decided to support the move and had not spoken up about the decision and even went so far as to silence Scales on the matter because she wanted to preserve any hope still left for the City to find a good manager and not show the world how “dysfunctional, negative, paranoid, and broken” the Council really is. When Hytopoulos referred to immaturity and childishness, Lester interrupted her. Hytopoulos countered, “I can say this. . . . This is called democracy.” She said the current proceedings were “shocking and embarrassing, like much of what has been going on in this Council.”

Blair said she would oppose the motion. She referred to her pledge to serve the City. She described the motion as very expensive. She said it will cost us in tax dollars, it has caused” turmoil on City Staff,” and “it’s a dirty trick to people who have pledged their workaday world to support our efforts to have a community we’re proud of.” She said it’s rupturing council relationships, which is a long-term cost.

Bonkowski agreed that Bauer has done a “remarkable” job to bring the City back from the brink of financial ruin. He said the reason to extend her contract was primarily connected to litigation and near-term continuity, but that those tasks have been accomplished. He also said that the time it will take to get a new City Manager is now clearly longer than six months and that it will cost too much in severance pay to Bauer, so he supported the motion.

Ward said the decision was not arbitrary or capricious.

Blossom disagreed with Scales’ characterization of financial issues being at the heart of the agreement with Bauer. She said she would support the motion.

Lester said she would support the motion. She agreed that Bauer has done some excellent work and referred to Bauer’s help in moving the city out of financial straits.

It was moved that Deputy City Manager Morgan Smith be appointed acting City Manager until an interim manager can be found and approved. During discussion it became clear that someone on the Council had approached Morgan Smith before the meeting to ask her if she would be open to that option. Smith confirmed that she was open within specific parameters.

At one point, after Scales raised a question about the decision to approach Smith, Ward said, “This is not a courtroom. You don’t have the right to question me.”

Out of Chambers

During a recess after the City Council vote on Bauer’s immediate removal, at 9:18 p.m. former City Councilmember Bill Knobloch and Robert Dashiell, a former City Council candidate, had an altercation in the hallway that prompted the court security guard to call 911.

According to Knobloch, as recorded in the police report, there was an exchange of words between the two men, and then Dashiell punched and pushed him, and he fell over backwards on a table. Dashiell says that during the recess he said to Knobloch, “You got what you wanted,” at which point Knobloch pushed his finger in Dashiell’s throat and said, “You’re an a**hole.” Dashiell says he then shoved Knobloch, who lost his balance and fell backward onto the table.

According to the police report, Knobloch said that he believed the incident could be resolved if he and Dashiell could talk for a few minutes. Knobloch said he had no ill will toward Dashiell and had no desire to pursue criminal charges. Dashiell said he would accommodate Knobloch’s request and also had no desire to pursue criminal charges. The men were told to stay at least five feet away from each other.

But today, Knobloch told Inside Bainbridge that he has “obtained a temporary restraining order from the court this morning” and that “Dashiell is being served today.” He added, “The police report has the basic details and I am hopeful that at some point, Dashiell takes a deep breath and understands that civility in our community is what counts and not loss of temper over political issues.”

For his part, Dahsiell said that an officer took him “outside the Chamber to keep us separated and Knobloch kept saying I punched him and asked for witnesses. He finally got one individual who would make a statement that I pushed him.” Dashiell added, “He sometimes gives me the finger as he leaves the Chamber (he looks around to ensure nobody sees him do that).”

The featured photo is one Dashiell took of Brenda Bauer when he was in the hallway.

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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Island Will Have Trouble Replacing City Manager Bauer

by Barry Peters, Former City Councilmember (2008-11), January 31, 2012

I believe that, if this change gets majority approval on Wednesday, the four Councilmembers (Lester, Ward, Bonkowski, and Blossom) who are pushing to replace our City Manager will find that the next applicants will be very leery of our City Council’s reputation for lack of collaboration with city management. (Disclosure: I was a candidate running for re-election against Mr. Bonkowski.)

For example, City Manager Mark Dombrowski resigned in October 2009 when he perceived that the City and his leadership were being undermined by some, like Councilmember Knobloch. As Mr. Dombroski left, as reported in the press, he filed a public records request for communications between Mr. Knobloch and the plaintiffs who attacked the City with the Bainbridge Ratepayer Alliance lawsuit (a lawsuit that the plaintiffs have not withdrawn).

Now, three Councilmembers who former Councilmember Knobloch endorsed for election last November (members Ward, Bonkowski, and Blossom) are working with Mayor Lester to replace our current highly qualified and experienced City Manager.

Brenda Bauer

City Managr Brenda Bauer

The City Council has gone through 6 or 7 City leaders since 2003, and several have left because some Councilmembers (with some vocal citizens) have undermined public confidence in the City and its management. For example, in mid-2011, three Councilmembers (Lester, Knobloch, and Brackett) voted against changing Brenda Bauer’s appointment from “interim” to regular.

The City’s reputation for lack of collaboration is easy to find on the Internet. That reputation has hurt us in the past. Before finding Brenda Bauer, in early 2010, the Council had unanimously favored a very experienced City Manager applicant, but he decided he was unwilling to take the Bainbridge City Council’s offer.

Would this termination of Brenda Bauer without cause likewise result in the new Council having a hard time finding a competent replacement? I think so.

What else, and who else, might our city lose if Council votes this Wednesday to replace our City Manager? The City has regained financial sustainability and strategic planning momentum. I can see both being hurt by a disruption of management.

What’s our City Manager’s record? In May 2011, Brenda Bauer was unanimously selected by the seven-member Council. No one is perfect. No one walks on water. But Ms. Bauer accomplished the key goals that the Council set for her, and more:

- As requested by Council, she moved quickly to find and hire capable new leadership for City Attorney, Finance Director, and Deputy City Manager positions.

- As requested, she rebuilt the city’s financial sustainability.

- She exceeded expectations by improving the City’s General Fund finances by nearly three-quarters of a million dollars between her hire date in May 2010 and the end of 2010.

- For the City’s General Fund reserves, which had fallen from $2 million to zero in the first two years of the 2008-09 recession, her team and Council rebuilt reserves to $6 million by the end of 2011 (with $2 million coming from a legal settlement with Ferries, and $4 million from expense reduction, streamlining of operations, a couple of sales of surplus assets, and selective focusing of capital projects).

- She and her team implemented strategic planning, including completing a database of all 142 miles of city roads, identifying top priorities for restoration and preservation.

- Her team restored the City’s annual road preservation program, after a three-year hiatus due to inadequate funds. More than 4 miles were resurfaced in 2011, and 50 percent more than that is budgeted for 2012.

- She presented budgets that reduced expenses and streamlined staffing, and the budgets achieved their expected surpluses, which restored reserves.

- She and her team rebuilt market confidence in City finances, got the City off of the Moody’s Credit Watch, and successfully issued $6 million of muni bonds to restore utility reserves, thereby allowing rate reductions. The bonds were issued at the most favorable interest rate in City history (under 3.5 percent).

- She and her team improved efficiencies for the sewer and water utilities, enabling Council to slash water rates by 45 percent for this year and keep sewer rates flat in 2012 instead of the 20 percent increase that was previously expected to be needed for 2012.

- She continued the Council’s work of reorganizing and streamlining city staffing from 152 in Jan 2008 to about 125 when she was hired to 112 now. An arbitrator says that four were let go with inadequate attention to union seniority, but other aspects of the reorganization were validated by the arbitrator’s decision.

- At Council request, she negotiated with the city’s unions to achieve zero cost-of-living salary adjustments two years in a row for our police officers.

- As requested by Council, she and her deputy, Morgan Smith, transformed Eagle Harbor, providing an open water marina for liveaboards (a need that had defied solution for 15 years), and removed unoccupied derelict and trespassing vessels from the harbor.

- She and her planning team collaborated with Council to successfully implement a comprehensive rewrite of the zoning and subdivision code that provided new flexibility for local farming and much more internal consistency for citizens seeking quicker permits and more consistent requirements.

- She and her outstanding new City Attorney Jack Johnson reduced the number of pending lawsuits from over 30 in mid-2010 to about 18 in late 2011. Disputes were settled without city payouts, and sometimes with dollars flowing to the city. When Jack Johnson moved on to a top UW opportunity, she found a very highly respected replacement with especially excellent knowledge of utilities, Will Patton.

- She and Will Patton supported the Council’s desire to approve a solar energy rooftop for City Hall.

- She and her team reconstructed Winslow Way in 2011 ON BUDGET, with an all-in project cost that is less than half the amount originally estimated in 2007. Substantial completion of the complex project occurred prior to Christmas, only about six weeks beyond scheduled completion.

- She and her team attracted grant funding, such as the $1.1 million of federal road funds to repair Rockaway Beach Road, and other funds to make North Madison safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

- She implemented an Accountability Agreement process for strategic annual planning of the City workplan, with quarterly public reviews, and she and Morgan Smith developed a multiyear strategic planning process for capital projects, set to begin this year.

Notwithstanding all of the above, starting in mid-2011 (in time for the fall election season), discreditors of City government managed to capture news headlines to give the public the impression that the City was being badly managed, making mountains out of molehills, such as headline-grabbing attacks on the Civil Service Commission and a campaign to persuade utility ratepayers that the City’s water utility should be given away to a different government agency.

So, my question is, what will the four Councilmembers—the ones pushing Brenda Bauer out—tell the next applicants for City Manager about what the Council wants that they aren’t getting from our current manager?

Why should the next applicant accept a COBI City Manager job when the history shows that a handful of Councilmembers (with a kitchen cabinet of backers with large email lists) have repeatedly undermined COBI city administrators and COBI city managers in the past?

What do four Councilmembers think that the city will gain from the next appointee that justifies another period of rudderless, uncertain, confused transition of the type that has often accompanied a switch from one city manager/administrator to the next?

 

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City Council This Week: 1/11/12

Executive Agenda

The council meeting began with a motion to accept the Executive Agenda, which was the meeting agenda for a proposed followup Executive Session, closed to the public.

Councilmember Bob Scales wondered why the Executive Agenda had been proposed.

Councilmember David Ward said he had proposed it but that he couldn’t discuss the intent of the Agenda except in Executive Session.

The vote was 6-1 in favor, with Scales dissenting.

Selection of Mayor

Bob ScalesBob Scales

As Mayor Hytopoulos’s term was finished, Councilmember Sarah Blossom nominated Debbi Lester to become the new Bainbridge Island Mayor.

Scales said that at the City Council retreat, which had happened last weekend, he had pointed out that the Mayor must have a good relationship with the City Manager, an understanding of rules and procedures, and good relationships with all councilmembers. He said that after working for two years with Lester he does not believe she possesses those qualities and can’t support her.

The vote was 5-2 for Lester.

Lester took the gavel and took over the running of the council meeting. She thanked Hytopoulos. She listed each councilmember’s qualifications and experience and said she was gratified to be working with such a talented group of people with such a breadth of experience. She clarified the role of mayor, saying that it is for one year, that the mayor has no more authority than anyone else, and that it is largely a ceremonial role.

She nominated Anne Blair as deputy mayor, or mayor pro tem. Blair was elected unanimously. Lester explained that the mayor pro tem fills in for an absent mayor and presides over committees. It is a two-month term and rotates through the councilmembers.

Public Comment

Gloria Saylor said she had attended the Council retreat at which the principles delineated in the Governance Manual had been reviewed. She reminded councilmembers that they had endorsed these values at the retreat. She then reviewed the values as follows:

    • Listen to the community and fully represent the community’s interest and goals.
    • Collaboration is valued.
    • City exemplifies professionalism in management.
    • Councilmembers exhibit respect for professionalism of city management.
    • Sustainability of environment, finances, and local economy is valued.

She then said she was astounded to hear that performance review was added to the agenda at the last minute after hearing everyone agree to these points at the retreat. She said she was very disappointed with David Ward. Lester cut her off and said she wanted discussion to be respectful.

Bob FortnerBob Fortner

Bob Fortner also attended the retreat. He brought up the Governance Manual and reminded councilmembers of their consensus about following those guidelines, which include commitment to transparency and no surprise agenda items for councilmembers. He said his optimism was “shattered” by finding out that Lester and Ward had added a surprise agenda item to Executive Session, namely the performance review of the City Manager. He wondered if some people were subscribing to the strategies outlined in the Mystery Memo.

Nancy Fortner wanted to know why performance review of an employee was added to Executive Session. She said that the only manager controlled by the Council is the City Manager. She said that the City Manager’s employment was made permanent after an outside review. She wondered why the item was added late and why the meeting was not open to the public.

Lester read from the Governance Manual, saying that when the preliminary agenda has been reviewed by the mayor he shall have the option of adding any such item to the agenda. She said she received a request from a councilmember on Monday on her way to the ferry. She said to the person to please write it up. She signed it on her way to the boat. Lester said that this was not a new thing and has been done before. She said there was confusion between evaluation and review.

Scales countered that not everything is eligible for Executive Session. He said councilmembers cannot on their own decide. The only person who is qualified to determine whether an item is appropriate for an executive session, according to Scales, is the City Attorney.

David WardDavid Ward

Ward said that he himself had determined that the item was appropriate.

Scales said that he wouldn’t attend in that case because it would be in violation.

Lester said that in rare cases the City Attorney may have a conflict.

Hytopoulos said that she wanted to ad it to the agenda if people want to talk about it but she added that she thought the timing of it was entirely inappropriate. She said that at the retreat they had had a clear conversation about Brenda Bauer and providing her with clear performance measures. She said that the City Attorney represents the city and that violating the Governance Manual would be the city’s liability. She said the Attorney is not Bauer’s attorney or the Council’s. She said that she too wanted to hear from the Attorney and she added that they would because he would be at the Executive Session.

In follow-up, the Fortners shared with us this excerpt from the RCW: “(g) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee. However, subject to RCW 42.30.140(4), discussion by a governing body of salaries, wages, and other conditions of employment to be generally applied within the agency shall occur in a meeting open to the public, and when a governing body elects to take final action hiring, setting the salary of an individual employee or class of employees, or discharging or disciplining an employee, that action shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.”

In follow-up, Lester said to us, “Council members frequently add or delete items from the agenda. The request from Council member Ward was made Monday morning. As a courtesy to fellow council members and the community we added it as soon as possible, giving several days notice, rather than simply adding the item at the Wednesday council meeting.” She added, “If the council is going to make any decisions, we will share appropriate information in open session at that time.” Ward did not respond to our requests for comment.

Other Items

Let It Shine

Singing This Little Light of Mine

Public comment was solicited and heard on the right of way vacation and rededication of Point Monroe.

Some small changes were made to the Consent Agenda and then it was approved.

Lester introduce a proposed proclamation that Saturday, January 28 be named Martin Luther King Day. She asked Jerry Elfendahl to speak.

Elfendahl said that council meetings should begin with a song. He talked about the Sing Out! program that happens every year in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Then several people approached the microphone and they all began singing “This Little Light of Mine” for numerous verses.

 

Photos courtesy of COBI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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