Ward 6 Council Representative Bob Hoch lost his chairmanship of the Public Service Committee Monday as a rebuke for his behavior during the Sept. 12 City Council meeting. While arguing positions on proposed legislation relating to Columbus Day, Hoch told two At Large Council Representatives to sit down and shut up. President Marilyn Keith said that council leadership found his behavior to be unacceptable, and she proposed relieving him of his committee chairmanship for the remainder of the year. Council passed her proposal unanimously. Hoch did not attend the meeting. Also Monday, Council passed legislation that will allow the city to use grant money to create Financial Empowerment Centers throughout the city. The centers will provide financial counseling to low and moderate income citizens. The first center will be established in Kenmore. Click on the camera icons on this website to watch Monday evening’s meeting.