He said when changes were made to the court and city clerk’s duties late last year, the court lost three of its four employees, when Pierce agreed to the transfer of two employees. Monday, he was asking for one of those employees back.
“I had an employee taken away from me,” Pierce said. “That’s yet another statutory duty that’s been given to me that’s been infringed upon.”
Pierce and City Clerk Vicki Conlin have been embroiled in a lawsuit relating to the duties of the clerk and the court in the city.
A request for an emergency restraining order against Pierce and one of his employees was filed by Conlin after another lawsuit filed was seemingly resolved.
Lewis recommended that the changes Pierce requested be tabled until the outcome of the lawsuit is known because it may provide clarification on the employees’ duties.
The council agreed to take Pierce’s recommendations under advisement.
An ordinance that will allow for a developer to make a payment to a city sidewalk fund in lieu of constructing sidewalks was approved on its third and final reading Monday night.
The council requested an estimated sidewalk cost be included in the estimate, which was presented. With a motion to add permeable sidewalks to the estimated cost schedule the ordinance was approved 8-1, with Councilman Zach Payne voting against.
DOOR-TO-DOOR ORDINANCE REVISITED
An ordinance that regulated door-to-door solicitations was revisited and amended as it may have violated First Amendment rights.
The ordinance changed a requirement for non-commercial advocates that required they get credentialed by the city, without paying the fees of vendors, to not need to seek the requirement at all. The change was made in light of a lawsuit that has been filed related to a similar ordinance in another community that has been challenged.
Both Merkley and Lewis recommended the change, which was approved 7-2, with Payne and Councilman Mike Smith voting against.