A special meeting of the Waupaca Common Council is set for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, to discuss the fluoridation of city water.
It will be the only item on the agenda.
The meeting will be held in the council chambers, located in the lower level of City Hall.
The Common Council voted 6-3 on Tuesday, Jan. 15, to take the discussion to a special meeting.
Deb Fenske, Alan Kjelland, Paul Lehman, John Lockwood, Paul Mayou and Eric Olson voted in favor of doing so, while Steve Hackett, Paul Hagen and Dave Shambeau voted against the idea.
Scott Purchatzke was absent.
Previously, a motion failed 3-6 to refer the matter back to the Board of Public Works.
“The entire Public Works Board voted unanimously to send it to the council,” Mayou said in explaining why he believed the discussion should take place at the council level, instead of at the committtee level.
Hackett, Hagen and Shambeau voted to send it back to the board.
Fenske, Kjelland, Lehman, Lockwood, Mayou and Olson voted against the motion.
If the council had referred it back to the board, the board would have had to make a recommendation to the council.
Some questioned if the board would again fail to make a recommendation.
Fluoridation of the city’s water was a topic at the December and January meetings of the Board of Public Works.
In December, city resident Lisa Funk requested that fluoride be removed from the city’s water supply, saying it is debatable whether fluoride provides any benefits.
During the Jan. 2 Board of Public Works meeting, Mayou made a motion to recommend the city stop fluoridating its water.
After the motion failed, Mayou made a motion to refer the topic to the council without a recommendation.
The board voted unanimously to do so.
The item was on the Jan. 15 council agenda as a discussion item.
Mayor Brian Smith polled the council members as to whether they wanted to see the topic before the full council or back before the Board of Public Works.
“I would like to hear from the people,” Fenske said. “I would like to see more of a public hearing.”
Shambeau said the discussion should be before the Board of Public Works.
Mayou said, “It’s too important of an issue to just have five people decide.”
Lehman noted that members of the council and the public may watch video of both the December and January meetings of the Board of Public Works.
Those videos may be accessed on the city’s website – www.cityofwaupaca.org – by clicking on the “Government” link on the homepage and then clicking on “Agenda & Minutes.”
After scrolling down to “Board of Public Works,” click on the word “Video” next to the appropriate meeting – either the December or January meeting – to watch the video of that particular meeting.
Ten people were in the audience during the council’s Jan. 15 meeting.
Funk, who is now a candidate for the open Aldermanic District 1 seat on the council this April, was among them.
The District 1 seat is open, because Lehman is not seeking re-election.
In addition to Funk, Jillian Petersen is running for the seat.
The Feb. 12 council meeting is open to the public, and Smith said those who want to speak should call City Hall at 715-258-4411 to get on a speaking list.
Those who speak at that meeting will have a 15-minute time limit.
There has typically been a time limit of about five minutes for those speaking at council meetings.
The mayor did not believe that would be enough time for most who will want to speak.
Smith also said people planning to hand out materials at the meeting should have at least 17 copies – for the council members and department heads.