Council’s Liquor Initiative vote: a clarification

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It has come to my attention that there may have been some confusion over the previous story on MLTnews.com about the City Council’s vote to take no action on Initiative’s 1100 and 1105.

While I was simply trying to give the series of events during the discussion at their October 4th meeting, it may have come across as me implying that the Council was swayed or persuaded by the two citizens who spoke during the public hearing. The sentence in question is as follows:

The City staff’s recommendation was to pass the resolutions but after hearing from MLT resident Andrew Funk and Stefan Sharkansky (co-author of Initiative 1100), and discussing the initiatives the Council voted to take no action.

As a clarification, the City staff’s recommendation was for the Council to pass a resolution in opposition of Initiatives 1100 and 1105. This recommendation can be read in the memo to the City Council from Assistance City Manager Scott Hugill via City Manager John Caulfield below.

After the memo and recommendation was presented by City Staff, Mountlake Terrace resident Andrew Funk and co-author of I-1100 Stefan Sharkansky spoke in opposition of the resolutions. After this the Council discussed the initiatives they unanimously decided to take no action on the resolutions.

Again, the sentence quoted above was supposed to just give the series of events that took place and not necessarily convey the message that the Council’s decision was based on the opinions given during the public hearing.

If you have any questions or want further clarification, I encourage you to listen to the portion of the Council meeting in question. I have linked to the associated documents below and you can listen to the October 4th meeting on the City’s web site here. The Initiative discussion is from the 1:30 point (one hour, 30 minutes) to 2:30.

Associated PDF’s:
City Staff memo to City Council
Council Bill
I-1100 Resolution
I-1105 Resolution

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