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  1. Longer Minutes Prevail

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    November 1, 2010 by wcobserver

    Council Split on Decision By Steve Winkler West Fork- The format and length of the city council meeting minutes will remain the same after a divided council voted 4-4 on Oct. 12 to keep the minutes in the same format as they’ve been written since Susan Cooney was elected clerk.  A second vote to amend the resolution in an attempt to find compromise failed, 5-3. Mayor Jan Throgmorton chose not to cast a vote that could have broken the tie.  The Mayor’s vote can only break a tie with a “yes” vote.  Council members Justin Harris, Misty Caudle, Charlie Rossetti, and John Foster voted to keep the minutes as they are. “I have not spoken to people about what they want… I need to ask people what they want if I’m going to have to vote on it. So I’m not going to vote.” The length of the minutes provided by City Clerk Susan Cooney has been a contentious issue at council meetings for several months. The mayor presented a resolution for the council’s approval during the September meeting which would have forced the city clerk to draft her minutes according the Robert’s Rules of Order.  The resolution was tabled …

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  2. Debate Seals Choices in State Rep Race

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    November 1, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy susan@wcobserver.com Some arrived undecided about who would win their vote but the room was decided and divided after seeing the District 87 state representative candidates face off in a 90 minute debate last Thursday in West Fork in front of a crowd of about 120. Justin Harris and Earl Hunton agreed on a couple of points, but quickly revealed their differences on a number of key issues. Both agreed that job creation is a top priority, but differed on how they would spur job growth.  Hunton favors stimulus funds, but Harris feels stimulus funds provide short term gains and favors a cut in the capital gains tax which he says will help small businesses. Hunton said long term job growth comes from education and he thinks the Arkansas State Lottery is a good start. “It’s a voluntary tax…you don’t have to play if you don’t want to.” Harris said education creates jobs for teachers, but the private sector creates jobs, not the lottery. “The lottery is a mess.  I don’t like it.  It’s been a debacle from the start,” said Harris who said that some students didn’t receive scholarships they were promised. On Education, Harris and Hunton …

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