Mayor Lee Lansing has called a special council meeting for Thursday night, 7 pm at City Hall. Agenda items:
- Discussion of city leadership issues based on the current lawsuit whereby the Mayor is one of the plaintiffs and the City Administrator and three Council Members are Defendants
- Review how to publicly address the 14 items that were previously presented to the City Council for review by the State Auditor
- Should any civil/criminal investigation have any bearing on city process or procedures
“It is hoped that a thoughtful, public discussion now will help ensure productive city council meetings in the future,” the mayor wrote in a memo to the Northfield News Friday. Lansing said Friday he was certain that staff and council would be cooperative in the public discussions. “This discussion is expected to be proactive in ensuring the ongoing work of the city be accomplished in a timely and effective manner,” he explained in his memo.
As facilitator of the meeting, Lansing also said he will be able to do participate in discussion, and “absolutely” would be able to do so effectively as plaintiff in the lawsuit… Public comment will be allowed only on agenda items, according to Deputy City Clerk Jennifer Nash. Those wishing to speak will be required to fill out and submit a card at the meeting.
If you wanted to speak to the Council but can’t be there or don’t feel comfortable in that setting (the podium in the photo on the left is what you’re asked to use when speaking to the Council), what might you say?
I’ll see to it that members get a printout of all civil comments posted here.