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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:02AM

Mayor needs to take control

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Our view: basic decorum has disappeared during recent council meetings

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It’s no secret to anyone who has attended recent city council meetings that maintaining decorum and procedure are near the bottom of Mayor Alice Frierson’s priority list.

Since being appointed mayor, she has struggled to take the reins during council meetings. She has allowed fellow council members and staff to speak out of turn, making little effort to require the public to approach the podium to identify themselves and speak up so they can be heard and recorded, and allowing discussions to veer wildly off course. In two instances, she tried to cut off people who were addressing the council during the public comment period. She was quickly reminded by City Attorney T.J. Wohl that she had to allow them their full alloted time to speak. (Besides, that’s really disrespectful.)

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