November City Council Meeting
It was cold outside Tuesday night but things heated up fast when it came time for public comment at this week’s meeting. Mike Lynch a green river resident of 33 years had a lot to say about the Tomahawk Building Renovation project. Mr. Lynch asked how much money had been spent by the city on the project, he was asked to clarify if he meant Grant money or City funds. City Administrator Barry Cook gave the exact dollar amount which was around $298,000 to date.
A member of the council clarified statements they’d made at previous meetings regarding the project for Mr. Lynch , and Mayor Hank Castillion offered the following. The City council had recently decided not to carry on with a second grant for renovations until an issue with a right of first refusal had been resolved. Lynch stressed the need for better communication between the city government and the citizens. After a few more comments, Lynch thanked the council for their time and they thanked him for his suggestions.
Another citizen who did not give his name came to protest a parking violation he received while on vacation as the council was voting on that specific regulation Tuesday night. The vote was to remove wording that was confusing to both civilians and law enforcement, and actually made the regulations less strict. There was confusion from several city council members as well as the unnamed citizen, until Chief Steffan came to the stand and explained exactly what the law meant and how it was being changed.