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Letter to the editor: Mukilteo council agenda should be reviewed

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In accordance with Article 4.C of the City Council’s Rules of Procedure, I request that the following items be sought by the Member of Parliament and included in the Council’s agenda as soon as possible:

The Council meeting of March 21, 2022 brought to light some procedural issues which I believe would be of great interest to clarify. In particular, Resolution 2014-02 was introduced because it outlined a procedure for appointing commission members and hiring certain public officials. A question was raised as to the notoriety of this resolution and how often it had been followed before, as obviously the procedure of the resolution was not known to any of the meeting directors at the town council meeting. of March 7. This resolution was cited as the reason for removing a new appointment to a City commission and removing the proposal to hire the CFO from the agenda. It is striking to this lay public citizen that such a basic function could be as unclear to our elected leaders as it was and evidently is. I don’t think any of them were well served in this case.

  1. Please clearly cite the full impact of the following resolutions when taken together:
    1. 1990-25
    2. 1992-18
    3. 1995-23
    4. 2014-02
    5. 2019-10
    6. 2020-03
  2. How could such a fundamental function not be clear to the Council, the Mayor and the Administrator? It seems to me to be solely the function of the parliamentarian to check the agenda before the council meeting and to present the relevant binding regulations in advance and not during or after a contentious discussion. Why didn’t this happen?
  3. Are resolutions sometimes binding but not others? The city’s website indicates the following distinction between an ordinance and a resolution:
    • An ordinance, as this term is generally used, designates a local law of a municipal corporation, duly promulgated by the competent authorities, prescribing general, uniform and permanent rules of conduct, relating to the corporate affairs of the municipality. Orders can be used for purely administrative purposes, such as establishing an office or setting salaries. An order may either regulate a conduct or, for example, when establishing a crime, prohibit a conduct described
      or actions altogether.
    • A resolution is generally less solemn and formal than an ordinance and, “generally speaking, is merely the expression of the opinion or spirit of the official body regarding a particular item of business or question. of administration within its official competence”. In practice, resolutions are often limited to the expression of opinions. Unlike an ordinance, which generally prescribes permanent rules of conduct or government, a resolution generally deals with matters of a special or temporary character.
  4. If the resolutions are quoted as binding now, although in reality they are “merely an expression of the opinion or temporal spirit of the body”, all commission appointments and public hires from 2014 to 2022 ignored” the spirit of the body” of 2014 invalid?
  5. Would an order clarify the issue or is it redundant with the relevant resolution(s)?

Mukilteo Resident Michael Dixon