City council moves past their differences

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- It hasn't been an easy year for the Grand Junction City Council, surrounded by controversy and dissent within the ranks, but the council plans on moving forward- making strides to better the city.

From Brainard to Butler's passing, The Avalon Theatre debate to the appointment of Duncan McArthur. The Grand Junction City Council has been surrounded by months of contention. And now many want to know what the next step is and how the council will move past all of the distractions.

After all of the recent events surrounding City Council, many in the community want to know if the council members will work together and be able to put aside their differences.

Just one week ago, Councilmember, Jim Doody, walked out on the meeting- when it was decided Harry Butler’s seat would be filled by a majority vote of three. Doody wanted an election.

“We go to an election and pick a couple, let the citizens elect a couple council members, but that's not what this council is doing. They went against the advice of the city attorney," said Councilmember Jim Doody.

Doody says the attorney's advice was four votes for a majority, but Mayor Sam Susuras says attorney's are paid to give you their best advice.

“In the meantime, we would be operating with five Councilmembers until the November election, and then again you may never get four members to agree on anything during that time," said Susuras.

Doody stood his ground and did not attend last night's meeting, when Duncan McArthur was appointed the the council. Susuras says it's part of a power struggle.

“Jim Doody has been in control of this council before the new [council] before Marty, and Brainard and Phyllis were elected- he was in total control of the Grand Junction City Council- he's lost that control and that's what his problem is," said Susuras.

“This council seems to be a little discombobulated, to say the least, disconnected," said Doody.

Doody may have his disagreements with the council, but there is one thing he and the mayor do agree on- the love of the city and the council moving forward.

“It’ll work it's way out. It's a tough time right now, we get another council member on- we'll see what happens," said Doody.

“This city council will move forward, we will resolve the city's problems and we will work seriously on the city's problems," said Susuras.

Mayor Sam Susuras says the next step will be to appoint someone to fill Rick Brainard's seat. Once Brainard's seat is filled the council will be complete with seven people. Susuras also says the majority vote will be four from here on out because now the council is at six people.

Jim Doody and Sam Susuras both said they do not know why Brainard left his position before his tenure was up.

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