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Nordine takes mayor's seat

Sets rules for council meetings

 


John Nordine is Electric City’s new mayor, sworn in last Tuesday evening by the city’s attorney, Katherine Kenison.

Nordine, a serving council member, was mayor pro-tem, and had indicated that he would be willing to take over the city’s top political post after Jerry Sands resigned. The council agreed, and voted to make him mayor.

He was quick to put an end to the constant interruptions the council has been experiencing lately from people attending the meetings, with exchanges between members of the audience and council members, and sometimes between spectators.

A regularly scheduled period on the council meeting agenda marks when the city will take public comment, allowing a three-minute period for each speaker, for any issue on agenda.

The new mayor set the ground rules for those addressing the council during this special period: “The council will not respond to the concerns people express, during the meeting,” he stated.

An attempt to interrupt the council Tuesday night, after this period was over, was stopped by the mayor when he explained, “This is a business meeting of the council, and we will not take comments from the audience after the comment period is over.”

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