Hoch Apologizes, Survives Censure Vote

September 20, 2017

Monday's council meeting began with an apology from President Marilyn Keith for allowing last week's meeting to get out of hand as council members argued the merits of changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The meeting ended with calls to censure a councilman and change leadership. Ward 4 Council Representative Russ Neal proposed a resolution to censure Ward 6 Representative Bob Hoch for comments made at last week's meeting and during committee meetings. Hoch acknowledged he broke decorum and issued an apology to At large Representatives Veronica Williams and Linda Omobien, both of whom he had told to stop talking and sit down. With the vote on Neal's proposed censure split six to six, the resolution was defeated. While debating the resolution, Ward 5 Representative Tara Mosley Samples called for a change in leadership on council, but no action was taken. During regular business, Council denied a conditional use zoning permit to establish a vacation rental unit in a residential neighborhood and approved a request to build a medical marijuana growing facility. To watch the nearly three-hour council meeting, click on the camera icons on the homepage or above in the main menu bar.