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Puyallup councilman says he’ll opt out of small meetings

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on June 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm with 2 Comments »
June 29, 2011 4:07 pm

Puyallup City Councilman Rick Hansen says he no longer will attend monthly meetings with small groups of council members and the city manager.

While he believes they’re legal, they raise an “appearance of fairness” issue, he said.

The sessions have irked some residents. Councilman John Knutsen hasn’t been going, citing concerns about the appearance of openness.

Other officials have defended the meetings as efficient, helpful and above-board. They’re purely informational, with no quorum and no action taken, they’ve said.

Hansen said last week that he attended some of the sessions because he wanted to ensure he got all the information that other council members receive.

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  1. CrazyJim says:

    Time for a new city manager and mayor. Not necessarily in that order.

  2. vrumvrum says:

    It’s time for a new attorney who is telling the manager and everyone else it’s legal. If it’s being done to circumvent a quorum, somebody must have a copy of case law that says it’s legal. I believe there are cases of council members attending a picnic, not discussing city issues and being called on it for not notifying the public.

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