The motion carried with a unanimous vote, ensuring a promise by council members that they will at least attempt to get along until November, when elections could change the makeup of the council.
In June during the City Council Strategic Planning Session, the council developed several three-year goals. In order to meet each goal, six-month objectives were put in place -- one of which was to outline a Code of Ethics for the Council to approve.
The subject was postponed at the Aug. 21 council meeting, but was revisited Tuesday night and agreed upon.
The Code of Ethics includes 19 points designed to ensure that:
-- The council complies with the letter and spirit of laws and policies.
-- Public officials be independent, impartial and fair.
-- Public office be used for public good, not personal gain.
-- Public deliberations and processes be conducted openly unless legally confidential.
Speaking during the public comments portion of the meeting, resident Grant Yoders asked council members, "Why do you folks have to vote to play nice? Seems to me you could act like adults.”
Council member Wallace Edgerton admitted there has been some strife among council members.
“We’ve had some difficulty on this council. But this is a new city," he said.
Yoders suggested the council wait until the November election or perhaps abandon the idea of an actual policy. Edgerton was in favor of approval immediately, however.
“I’d like to hope we’d change before November," Edgerton said about council conduct. "I move to accept the code of ethics in total.”
“Every government has a code of ethics," said council member Darcy Kuenzki. "As a four-year-old city, we have never had one. A code of ethics outlines a mindset.”