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Mr. Friend objects to having to write down a topic on the council's sign in sheet. He says the requirement is a violation of the Illinois Open Meeting3 Act. Mr. Friend filed a comp!aint with the Illinois Attorney General's Office as to the require- ment to write down a topic. As of this publi- cation, the Illinois Attorney General has not issued an opinion or advisement to the City of Mt. Pulaski. The council position is that the rules approved by the council require a topic m be written down and until a topic is written down, they will not permit anyone - not only Mr. Friend - to address the council during a meeting. Sincethe new rules went into effect, one person has addressed the council. He signed his name and wrote down a topic. Council rules permit public comments twice during the council meeting. During the first public commenrcperiod Mr. Friend stated he wanted it on the record that the council refused to let him speak. Mayor Jim Fuhrer stated the council rules require a topic to be written down on the sign in sheet and he would not allow Mr. Friend to speak. Mr. Friend made further comments and Mayor Fuhrer gaveled forLhis silence. At that point the council took up city business on the agenda for the meeting. Mr. Friend made a further comment and Coun- cilmember Sue Stewart raised "a respectful finger" for silence. Mr. Friend responded, don't point at me woman. During his response he pointed at Councilmember Stewart. Mayor Fuhrer then gaveled for silence twice more. Public Works Director Mike Patridge reported that a radiological testing of the new well was being reviewed, He expected approval of the well would be made after a review of that test. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported city deposits of $31,160.01 between Sept. 12 and Sept. 25. Mayor Fuhrer suggested the council con- sider revising the monthly city landscape , waste pickup. The amount of landscape waste being set out for curb pickup on the ~r first Monday of the month is taking time from other city work. Mayor Fuhrer said the council needed to discuss this and decide what- if any - changes should be made con- cerning curbside pickup. The city audit has been completed and the auditor will attend a future meeting to review the audit. City Clerk Dee Jason advised the council that the April 2013 City Election petitions were available for circulation. Charles Friend called for a point of order, stating the council was required to listen to what he had to say. The council then adjourned the meeting. Mr. Friend said he was nmning for mayor and repeated his pre- vious statement, "You're all going to jaiL" As Councilmember Sue Stewart left City Hail, Mr. Friend called out to her saying that no woman points her finger at him. Laura Lee asked Mr. Friend why he was being so disrespectful. Mr. Friend replied I'm not disrespectful. The next City Council meeting is 6:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Mt. Pulaski City Hall. AN EVANSTON, ILLINOIS subscriber to the Times wrote to this paper. He wrote that he had read the article in last issue about Mt. Pulaski's City Council being the only council your editor could find that required a topic to be written on a sign in sheet He wrote, "Oh contraire, I have spoke to the Evanston City Council on, a few occa- sions and I have always been required to write down a topic." He noted that for at least the last two-years the city has had a policy concerning public comments. He sen[ in the following copy of the City of Evanston "CiUzen Comment" section. He wrote that this is taken directly from the Evanston City Hall sign-in:requirements... "(VI) Citizen Comment Members of the pubh:c are welcome to speak at City Council meetings. As part of the Council agenda, a period for citizen comments shall be offered at the commence- ment of each regular Council meeting. Those wishing to speak should sign their name, address, and the agenda item or topic to be addressed on a designated participa- tion sheet. If there are five or fewer speakers, fifteen minutes shall be provided for Citizen Com- ment. If there are more than five speakers, a period of forty-five minutes shall be pro- vided for all comment, and no individual shall speak longer than three minutes. The Mayor will allocate time among the / speakers to ensure that Citizen Comment does not exceed forty-five minutes. The business of the City Council shall com- mence forty-five minutes after the beginning of Citizen Comment. Aldermen do not respond during Citizen Comment. Citizen comment is intended to foster dia- logue in a respectful and civil manner. Citizen comments are requested to be made with these guidelines in mind." Your editor stands corrected. Federal investigators have been able to get fraudulent driver's licenses in every state they have a'ied.