YUMA - (KSWT News 13) - Call to the Public was the first item on tonight's Yuma City Council Meeting agenda. The council voted 4-3 in favor of moving it to the end of the meeting agenda two weeks ago, but it takes 30 days for new ordinances to take effect.
The council has been moving the Call To The Public to the end of recent meetings with closed door votes the night before. But last night's motion by Council Member Johnson to move tonight's Call to the Public failed. Cody Beeson didn't attend, and the vote to move it resulted in a 3-3 tie. Motions with a tied vote automatically fail.
So for what may be the last time, tonight's Call to the Public ... was first.
Two Yuma residents spoke about the move. Both voiced their dissatisfaction with the council's vote to put Call to the Public at the end of the agenda. One speaker compared it to asking voters to sit at the back of the bus. Another reminded the council of their obligation to their constituents, and commented on the apparent division on the council, calling it "ugly."
The next city council meeting is two weeks from now, March 20th. It will be the first meeting in recent years, that Call to the Public will the last item on the agenda. People wanting to speak to the council during Call to the Public must sign up to do so prior to the start of the meeting.
City council meetings start at 5:30pm at Yuma City Hall.
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