On the agenda
- Moving the Aug. 19 City Council meeting to the Fayetteville Town Center to accommodate an expected large crowd.
A special meeting of the Fayetteville City Council began at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 inside room 219 of the City Administration Building, located at 113 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville.
The meeting was called to discuss a possible move of the Tuesday, Aug. 19 regular meeting
Listed below is the one item up for approval and a link to a downloadable PDF for more information on that item of business.
Present: Adella Gray, Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Matthew Petty, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Justin Tennant, Martin Schoppmeyer, Rhonda Adams, Alan Long
New Business items
1. Possible Change in Venue for the August 19, 2014 City Council Meeting (PDF): A resolution to move the City Council meeting of August 19, 2014, to the Fayetteville Town Center and to approve a budget adjustment of $2,000.00 for the rental cost of the Town Center.
– Tabled Indefinitely 8-0*
* Aldermen unanimously tabled the resolution indefinitely, and decided to keep the meeting at Fayetteville City Hall because the city doesn’t have the technology in place to broadcast live meetings from a remote location. Fritz Gisler, director of media services, said the city utilizes a direct fiber optic cable line from City Hall to the television center to broadcast live meetings, and that no such line in place from the Town Center, or any other building other besides City Hall. Other concerns included the potential unavailability of adequate remote assisted listening devices, the cost to rent the facility, the possibility that aldermen and the city clerk might not be able to remotely access the City Hall network from their laptops during the meeting, and the precedent that might be set if a meeting with a controversial issue is moved. Alderman Tennant, who was originally in favor of moving the meeting, said his biggest concern was public safety. After hearing from the police and fire chiefs, who each both said they believed a large crowd would be manageable at City Hall based on past controversial issues which drew many people, Tennant said he was convinced the meeting should stay at its normal location. Officials said other rooms inside City Hall will be opened with live broadcasts of the meeting shown on video monitors for those who cannot find a seat inside the Council chambers.
This meeting was adjourned at 7:05 p.m.