Mayor shouts-down public input; rest of meeting a snooze

By Jillian Fontaine | Delayed a homework assignment to cover this

A representative of Cooper's Coops and Chicken Accessories on Trout Lane.
A representative of Cooper’s Coops and Chicken Accessories on Trout Lane.

The monthly meeting of Bass Lake Town Council went off without a hitch Monday.

Put another way, little of note took place — until it did and didn’t.

First, the board approved minutes from its August meeting. Next, a sidewalk-upgrade update that appeared on the agenda was largely ignored by council members, who quickly decided to move on to other new business.

Nextly, the council reviewed the fiscal year budget. Projected revenue is $145,000, with expenditures nearly eclipsing that total.

Later, during the public comment portion of the meeting, Cooper Sanderstroms, owner of Cooper’s Coops and Chicken Accessories on Trout Lane and an advocate on the recently merged merchants & sidewalks committee, stood and addressed the panel.

“Regarding the sidewalk situation here in Bass Lake, I urge the council to take action,” Sanderstroms said. “In addition —“

“Time’s up!” hollered mayor Carolyn Shee.

Thus ended the community feedback segment.

Following the meeting, clerk/treasurer Olden A. Goodway said Shee was “out of line” with her interruption — maybe.

“In my opinion, if I was her — which I’m not — Shee shouldn’t have done that,” Goodway said. “I’ll have to check if what Shee did is or isn’t allowed by the rules-of-order lawbook.”

Max Fontaine contributed to the headline.

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