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Meeting move fails on 4-1 vote

Friday, June 11, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- City Councilman Aaron Kircher championed hosting city council meetings at the Heritage Senior Center but was in the minority, with the City Council voting 4-1 to return to Memorial Auditorium.

Kircher reiterated his stance that it should be a top priority of City Council to accommodate handicapped members of the public who wished to attend City Council meetings and the senior center was the best location with that in mind.

Mike Gonzales disagreed with Kircher and said he believed the absence of the electronic voting system was a higher priority, saying that he had seen votes influenced simply by the voter being the final vote and the stress of the situation changing their vote.

Kircher responded that a council member should not be "afraid" to cast a deciding vote with Gonzales arguing it had nothing to do with "fear."

Jerry Calvin agreed with the concerns of Gonzales and added that he felt it was a fair trade-off to inconvenience "some meeting attendees that may show up, some of the time" versus city staff on a regular basis, referencing the setup involved to accommodate city council at the senior center. Kircher responded that holding meetings at the senior center was relatively "a new thing, I understand it is difficult for staff, but I feel these issues are easier [for us] to address than the other."

Handicap individuals that wish to attend city council meetings are encouraged to phone city staff in advance so that accommodations may be made.


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Check the Gazette poll on where the public thought the meetings should be held. A new facility would be handicap ready.

-- Posted by dennis on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 2:02 PM

Ok, looked at it but I'm not sure why. It's a poll where a person can vote multiple times. A single person can vote at least once a day. If they have internet access at work, home and their phone, they can have 3 votes a day just like the majority of online polls. So I'm not sure why it's even worth mentioning.

Unfortunately, a new facility doesn't help a handicapped person now and I'm sure they'd like to be able to attend meetings about a potential handicap accessible building without going through the hassle of calling ahead. Why put the burden on the citizen to make sure they can attend a meeting?

-- Posted by hometown1 on Mon, Jun 14, 2010, at 1:00 PM

If you have two internet browsers (such as IE and Firefox) you can have 2 votes from one machine.

-- Posted by npwinder on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 10:21 PM

Kircher responded that holding meetings at the senior center was relatively "a new thing, I understand it is difficult for staff,

You said it! anything "New" certain council seem to always have a problem.

Sad it was only good enough for a handicap person when it was one of the members themselves.

-- Posted by netumbleweed on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 4:42 PM

Kircher grandstanding for the votes he will need to get reelected in future council elections/Seniors beware. ... Bottom line city/county needs new safety/police center/firehouse/county jail and council/county commissioners meeting room all in one locations and built at the old west ward school building location by just approving a bond issue now..cheapest interest rates in 50 years....Its to bad our current elected officials do not just agree to do it/approve a bond issue/ no public vote needed we already elected you to to it??? This is how most city/counties in Nebraska vs calling for a special public vote for everything requiring a bond vs just doing it....and watch again and again watch elections fail again just like voting for the grade schools building redo at North ward it took 15 years/how many elsections? to do the same remodel as first group wanted to do with North Ward vs waiting 15 years of elections and this in a supposedly a family supportive community? or pretends to be ...McCook has to many negative non supportive citizens who dont want to pay for anything till they are gone/az bound/Hillcrest bound at taxpayer costs or dead.......like many of us heard when approving the salestax approval like comments i heard like "I will be damned if we improve our city/county/schools with my tax money while i am around nobody did nothing for me mentality" I hope elected officials get rolling and do whats best for McCook and RedWillow County......you might be surprised at the support you will get from the younger generations and many of the older folks also....

-- Posted by Cornwhisperer on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 3:10 PM


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