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City discusses returning one streetlight
Meeting ends abruptly in middle of vote
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Tuesday’s discussion to return a street light to a 93-year old woman on Towles Avenue went dark when one alderman adjourned the meeting in the middle of a vote.Meeting jointly to discuss the measure were Aldermen Rick Barnes, Billy Wood, Jimmy Bonner, and Mike Neal — members of either the Street and Sanitation Committee or Safety Committee.“I motion we table this until we can take a look at revising the policy,” said Neal.Wood added, “I second that.”The meeting was scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 5:50 p.m., with Neal’s motion made at 5:50 p.m. “We are out of time,” said Barnes. “I call the meeting adjourned.”“You can’t call a meeting to end in the middle of a vote,” said Wood. Barnes stated, “I just did.”Leading to the strange ending was a recommendation by Bonner to return the streetlight, rather than have the woman pay $9 a month for a security light from McMinnville Electric System.“I look at it this way, why should anyone have to pay $108 a year for a light when they see people down the street enjoying their streetlight?” asked Bonner.