Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward) asked Council president Claudia DeStefano, as he had at the informal meeting on August 8 when the Council first received the letter, what permits were required for the dock project. DeStefano told him she did not have that information. When asked when she would have it, she declined to state a time.
Also among the communications was an Opinion of Counsel from city attorney Ken Dow regarding the Council's custom of voting to put legislation on their desks. Dow questioned the legitimacy of a Council vote to consider legislation at the July meeting, when the Council voted 1,383 to 550 not to lay on their desks the proposed legislation to amend the ward boundaries and do away with the weighted vote. Addressing the Council on Tuesday, Dow explained it was a requirement of state law that members of the Council must have proposed laws for at least eight days before voting, but "there is no decision to be made to lay a proposed law on the desk." He went on to say, "A vote to deny the fact carries no weight."
At that point anyone on the Council could have brought the proposed legislation forward for a vote, but no one did. No one needed to. The Fair & Equal campaign had already gathered the additional petition signatures required to take the proposed amendment directly to the Board of Elections to be included as a referendum question on the November ballot.
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