Three city workers laid off 5.9

Written by David Green.

Three city workers are losing their jobs and a city council member temporarily resigned in protest.

In a special meeting Monday, councilors voted 5-2 in favor of a motion to lay off three full-time employees. Jason Bryant’s motion to table the decision was defeated 4-3 before a vote on the layoffs was taken.

Tracy Schell and Bryant were the only council members to oppose the motion, leading Bryant to say, “Take that as my resignation,” and leave the meeting.

Bryant called city hall Tuesday to say he had reconsidered his resignation and wished to remain a council member.

Schell explained after the meeting that she voted “no” because of the perception that council members had already made up their minds about the issue before the meeting, despite calling a special meeting to hear residents’ opinions.

Plenty of opinions were expressed during the session that lasted nearly two and a half hours. More than 30 people were in the audience.

 

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