Jon Kerr's substack is a worthy read on the bigger picture at hand with the pushback against Kevin and Shannon's appointments. Last night's city council meeting brought this unprecedented drama to a head. Numerous inflammatory comments were brought against both Kevin and Shannon. The public remarks start at 22 minutes with Mayor Chirico's introduction.
After all registered individuals spoke, Holly Hootman-a ring-leader among the opposition- stood up at the end of public comment and yelled from the audience that she signed up to speak and wanted to give comment. As her name didn't appear on the registrar, the Mayor denied the request saying "We have rules". She stormed out of the chamber.
The Mayor criticized the breach of procedure given the allegation a sitting councilman leaked the appointment names to the angry mob prior to notice going on the agenda. This violated procedure and will be reviewed. Meanwhile, the city council has been given time for further vetting of appointees Kevin and Shannon, both of whom spoke last night.
We highly encourage the community to watch the public comment and share your thoughts with city council on what is wrong...and what is right.
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