At Thursday's organizational Common Council meeting, the vote on replacement members for the P&Z was delayed after Republican Council members expressed a concern that the vote would be illegal, and could cause legal challenges to every P&Z decision thereafter.
Council member Jim Streeto expressed his confidence that the meeting and the vote was legal, but he deferred to the opinion of City Attorney Brig Smith who said it would be wise to delay the vote until the first regular Council meeting (December 2), because he did not have time to thoroughly research the consequences of a vote at last night's meeting.
The Council voted unanimously to delay the vote until December 2.
The meeting progressed in fits and starts after the Democratic caucus asked for a recess to consider a letter delivered to the Council by Planning and Zoning alternate Beth Emery. The letter expressed Emery's willingness to serve as a regular Planning and Zoning member.
After the caucus, the meeting flow was then interrupted by the challenge to the vote.
The vote on organizational matters proceeded as planned, and progressed quickly, after which the meeting was adjourned.