If you are planning on attending any Puyallup City Council meetings in the future, better plan on picking up some McDonald’s on the way.
Despite numerous citizens asking for the meeting start time to be returned to 7 pm, and no one speaking in favor of 6 pm, a vote of 4-3 kept the meetings at the inconvenient time of 6 pm.
Mayor Turner, Deputy Mayor Brouillet, and Councilmembers Martineau and Boyle voted to keep the 6 o’clock start time citing no drop in attendance, earlier convenience for staff, and, according to Brouillet, “no one spoke out against it,” even though numerous citizens had spoke against it a mere hour earlier.
The fact is, on average, the same citizens regularly show up at council meetings and they were the ones who wanted it at 7. Anyone else who doesn’t attend the meetings or watches them on TV doesn’t care when they start because they will be on TV at the same time no matter what. So, this was the perfect opportunity to listen to the people who attend and be a representative of the people, you know the thing they were elected to do.
Not only did the those four slap the face of the citizens who attend the meetings, but Mayor Turner took it a step further, claiming that some residents who may have supported 6 didn’t come because of intimidation.
Mayor Turner has said a lot of garbage up on that dias, but that comment may be the most ridiculous. People are intimidated by others speaking at a podium? Come on, get real.
Thank you to Mr. Malloy, Mr. Hansen, and Mr. Knutsen for listening and voting as a representative of the people, not as self-serving advocates for yourself.