Gardner City Council members tonight will discuss a policy proposal that would create a communication protocol for future council meetings.
Provisions of the policy draft include: “Members should refrain from discussing others (sic) motives regarding matters that are under consideration;… Any council member who wishes to ask a question will be first be recognized by the Mayor or designee;… Direction to staff to research, evaluate or follow-up on any substantive matter that comes before the city council is provided by the Mayor with the concurrence of the majority of the council.”
The discussion is the top item on the council’s agenda tonight, and comes on the heels of a meeting that ended with council member Dennis Pugh yelling at council member Larry Fotovich and leaving before the meeting adjourned.
Pugh allegedly followed Fotovich to his home where a physical altercation occurred. On Friday, Pugh was charged with criminal deprivation of property and battery.
Fotovich filed a protection order against Pugh last week, but the order does not prevent either council member from attending council meetings.
The full agenda can be viewed here.
—Danedri Thompson