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City Council Meeting March 23

by on March 23rd, 2010

Just a quick note.

At the City Council meeting this evening two interesting things happened:

1.  The City Council voted 7 to 3 (with one abstain vote) to NOT send the Christine Van De Yacht measure back to the Ethics Board. This means that there were three votes to send it back, and seven not to send it back.  The measure failed.  There was much discussion.  For most part it came down to Gale, Rosenberg, and Brezinski talking about assuming liability, the Federal ruling; and Deb Hadley and Matt Kaiser discussing that it would not open the city up to further liability, and that since the council started the matter it should send it back to do the right thing.

It was a very heated debate, and the first time I have ever seen a procedural move “calling the question” which ends debate and calls for a vote.

2.  On the matter of the Trolley apartments: The matter which procedurally was a zoning issue, passed.  The long line of people that supported it ranged from Ann Werth, to Interim Main Street Director Kari Rasmussen, to April Rosemurgy.  Again there was some interesting debate from council members about making the city a place for more subsidized housing, versus a tremendous development at the edge of the river.

And, like the last few meetings, this one closed with Joe McGrath.

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