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Puyallup council to revisit meeting times

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on May 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm with 3 Comments »
May 3, 2011 11:45 pm

The Puyallup City Council will revisit its decision to move the start time of council meetings an hour earlier to 6 p.m.

The council, with two members absent, voted 3-2 Tuesday to consider at a future meeting a resolution that would change the start time back to 7 p.m.

“We have to listen to our constituency,” said Councilman Rick Hansen.

Since members last December narrowly approved the earlier time in a 4-3 vote, several citizens have spoken up at meetings in opposition.

“The 6 o’clock time is a terrible time if you’re serious about involving citizens,” said resident Steven Shores on Tuesday.

Not everyone agrees.

Councilman Don Malloy, who in December voted against the earlier time, said he’s changed his mind. The 6 p.m. time is better for city staff and students who attend, and only a small number of residents have spoken out in favor of starting later, he said.

Still, he voted with Hansen and Councilman John Knutsen to bring the item back for a vote.

Councilwoman Nicole Martineau said she’s noticed greater attendance since the meetings moved to 6 p.m. She joined Councilman Kent Boyle in voting against reconsidering.

Mayor Kathy Turner and Deputy Mayor Tami Brouillet were absent.

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  1. Martineau continues to drink her own toxic bath water. If you discount those seat fillers who are brought in every week to be proclaimed or receive awards, attendance is down from when the sessions started at 7PM. The 6PM start discourages those gainfully employed who have jobs outside of Puyallup from running for council. That is the way incumbants like it.
    Boyle is just a self serving wanker who set the new time in the first place to accomodate his personal schedule.
    Anyway, with a new council being seated in January, hopefully saner, certainly smarter minds may return to sessions to 7PM.
    Why do we have council meetings, for the staff’s convenience or taxpayers ?

  2. I just watched the video. Malloy has been eating sour hay! He alleged ONLY 13 wranglers have spoken in favor of returning to the 7 pm time. This while the herd knows not one dogie has vouched for the 6 pm time. I just about lost my chow when he said he liked the 6 pm time because students and boy scouts would then get out earlier and have time to do their homework. As some have said, you can’t make this $#!+ up.

    Hee Haw!

  3. puyallupmutt says:

    If more than 13 citizens had risen to talk against the 6PM mandate, the mayor would have gavelled them down as a monotonous organized conspiracy. Martineau again illustrates her lack of intelligence and willingness to listen to the public. She intends to stand for the at-large position now so that she can stiff arm 3 times the number of citizens she does currently.
    Has she ever held a real job of responsibility in her life for more than a month straight ? In her lifetime, a total of 4 people have actually voted for her. 2 of them now regret that decision.
    What a shambles of a council majority we have up there today.

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