Editorial: Another strange vote by city council
Another strange vote at the April 3 meeting of Clinton City Council.
Approval of minutes at most public meetings is perfunctory. School District 56 board of trustees has been known, in the past, to get bogged down in spelling and grammar – them being educators and all. City council, too, has split on votes to approve the minutes.
They did it again April 3.
Council Member Shirley Jenkins quoted the minutes: “Mayor (Bob) McLean stated that council members (Gary) Kuykendall and (Jimmy) Young have been nominated for the appointment to the CNNGA board.”
Jenkins wanted the minutes changed to reflect the nominations had been made by the mayor.
Jenkins wanted another change made. Reading again from the minutes: “Councilmember Jenkins stated that she has had several complaints concerning burned houses on South Bell St. and Forrest Drive.”
Jenkins said she said North Bell Street, not South Bell Street.
Mayor McLean said minutes do not have to accurately reflect who said what as long as the action taken was recorded. City Attorney Allen Wham agreed with the mayor.
And they are correct. Roberts Rules of Order backs them up.
Concerning the South Bell Street-North Bell Street debacle, logic would indicate it’s a simple typo or an understandable error. Easily corrected before the minutes are approved.
Council voted 5-2 not to amend the minutes. McLean and council members Ronnie Roth, Gary Kuykendall, Robbie Neal and Jimmy Young voted no. Jenkins and Council member Danny Cook voted yes.
The vote indicates a lot more about the current friction on council than just a misspelled word.