Scottville mayor apologizes to citizens for commission’s behavior; says police issue won’t be discussed again.

August 3, 2015

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SCOTTVILLE — Mayor Richard Maki read a statement at Monday’s city commission meeting apologizing to the public for the behavior of the commission over the past few meetings.

“I would like to apologize for the disrespect shown in recent city commission meetings towards the city commission, the city manager, the city attorney and especially the chief of police and his officers and the community as a whole.”

Over the past few meetings, the major topic was disbanding the police department. During the early July meeting of the commission, the subject was brought up and defeated by a 5-2 vote. The topic was brought up again by the commission at its late July meeting to address concerns by citizens on both sides of the issue.

“In addition, I would like to apologize to the people who have attended our more recent commission meetings for having had to witness the disrespect that has been ongoing and is uncalled for. One can disagree with other’s opinions but there is no need to respond to others with disrespect and cause the community to receive media attention due to their shortcomings.

“This behavior was demeaning and insolent and should never be used in this room again. If one has a personal agenda which is contrary to the wishes of the community as a whole they should move on once the decision has been made by the commission and those wishes should be what is carried out with personal agendas set aside.

“Also, the business of the city police department was decided two years ago and our citizens are happy about it so we are not going to continue to discuss this. Everyone in this room should be here for the betterment of Scottville as we want nothing but the best for our city. Thank you.”

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