Open Thread: City council meeting of Thursday, December 17.

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The Tribune’s Daniel Suddeath provides coverage of last evening’s council meeting. It looks like our mercifully outgoing council president fought yet another losing battle with familiarity of his body’s procedures … not to mention the council’s.

Council says no to flooding, police funding requests

Council President Dan Coffey — who along with Gahan and McLaughlin voted to allocate the $400,000 for flood victims — said the council has helped developers and businesses and should help residents that have suffered this year.

Messer called for Coffey to either relinquish his president’s chair or follow Robert’s Rules of Order, which frown on the president offering comments while the council is debating an issue.

Robert’s Rules of Order were accepted by the council in 1957 and amended to the form OK’d by the body in 1992.

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