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September 27, 2013

Annetta opens doors to city hall for public use

Mayor’s earlier action in question

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Pinckard replied that the landlord was “very amicable” and the arguments irrelevant because of the city’s near-term plans to move to a recently purchased building at a new location.

“The building that we’ve got coming in — half of it’s going to be secured in some way — and I think it just needs to stay for Annetta’s business,” Wood said, “and then we have a policy so that anybody coming to Chad can say either the council says yes or the council says no.”

Wood later went on to move that the mayor’s resolution be amended to direct facility-use requests to the council — instead of the mayor and city secretary — but the motion failed, with he and Moore in favor and Sheridan, Ripley and Stasey opposed.

Pinckard said the resolution’s insurance requirements — which would require effort to meet — would deter most groups.

“It’s not going to be the Boy Scouts,” he said. “The minute they know about the insurance policy, they’re going to say thank you very much, we’ll go down to the church or somewhere else.

“But from another city’s standpoint sharing facilities is extremely beneficial. We’re closer than we were two years ago, and we need to act like it and we need to be able to get along with each other as much as we possibly can.”

A motion requiring the city secretary to produce audio recordings of city council meetings and make them available to the public failed, however, with Councilman Bruce Moore as its sole supporter.

Audio recordings

In other action Moore, who said he wanted have the ability to listen to the council’s discussion when he misses a meeting — as he once could through videotapes — got no support from the rest of the council.

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