After a switch in meeting venue, and two hours of public comments from citizens, the Clintonville City Council failed to override Mayor Judy Magee’s veto.
The action that was originally vetoed by Magee included sending the investigation of alleged misconduct by City Administrator Lisa Kotter to the city’s labor attorney. That action was originally passed by a 6-4 vote.
At the meeting, Tuesday, June 10, the council voted 6-4 to override Magee’s veto, but seven votes were needed.
Those voting against overriding the veto were aldermen Mark Doornink, Jerry Jorgenson, Phil Rath, and Bill Zienert.
After the vote was taken, and it was announced the veto would stand, the huge audience gathered applauded.
Also at the meeting, the council held a discussion and vote of no confidence in the mayor.
Alderwoman Mary-Beth Kuester made the motion, which was seconded by Alderman Greg Rose. The council voted 6-4 in favor of no confidence in the Magee. Voting no were Doornink, Jorgenson, Rath, and Zienert.
After the vote, Magee said, “The vote is that six of them don’t like me, four do. Motion carried.”
During the discussion to approve the agenda, which took more than 10 minutes, Alderwoman Gloria Dunlavy made a motion to strike “Request to release information from city administrator investigation results” from the agenda. Council President Jeannie Schley seconded the motion.
The council voted 6-4 to strike that item from the agenda. Voting no were Doornink, Jorgenson, Rath, and Zienert.
The continuation of the investigation into matters of the city administrator with a broadening of the scope of the original investigation was also discussed. Rose made three different motions to broaden the investigation, but rescinded all of them.
City attorney April Dunlavy informed the council that since specifics of broadening the investigation couldn’t be discussed in open session, she recommended this item be postponed to the next regular council meeting.
She said it couldn’t be discussed in closed session at the current meeting because it wasn’t on the agenda. The item will be on the agenda of the next regular meeting.
A special council meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m., prior to the regular meeting, did not take place due to the lack of a quorum. Absent from that proposed meeting were Kuester, Rose, Schley, Gloria Dunlavy, Jim Krause, and John Wilson. All six were present at the regular meeting at 6 p.m.
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