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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 2:13 pm

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander said it ranked high on the list of longest Coeur d'Alene City Council meetings during her tenure. City staff who attended last night’s marathon session, meanwhile, were carrying cups of coffee around City Hall this morning.

“I think there were some in the past almost as long, but this is definitely in the top 10,” Goodlander said. “Or at least, top 5.”

Tuesday’s City Council meeting lasted nearly six hours, ending close to midnight before all the business was done.

Such marathons won’t be the norm, some council members said. It’s just some topics need to be discussed.

In last night’s case, they considered whether to give money to the county's transit system, extend a contract for grant administration services for the city's federal Community Block Development Grant, discussed details of the land purchase near Cherry Hill Park and also talked about purchasing trucks for the city’s water department.

“I don’t think it’s a trend,” said Dan Gookin, councilman. “It just so happens these were all on the same agenda.”

The four topics were originally scheduled for the consent calendar, which is often approved quickly, hence the name consent. Sometimes the items are pulled for further discussion, which is what happened to the four topics Tuesday night.

Council member Steve Adams pulled the item asking the city to give $43,983 to the Kootenai Transit System.

In a weekend story that ran in The Press, Adams said he opposes funding the transit system on grounds that the government shouldn’t provide free public transportation.

The transit system allocation passed Tuesday, as did the other three. It was the discourse that munched up the clock.

Will it be the norm? The new council’s only been together since January, and political differences do exist. Look at every McEuen Field related vote, which always ends four votes to three votes, for example. Last night’s Cherry Hill vote, tied to McEuen Field, ended that way.

“I thought it was good discussion. I gave my opinion, articulated some points on Citylink and extending the (grant administration contract),” Adams said. He opposed extending the contract.

“I think we effectively hashed out what we could," Adams said.

Video footage of Tuesday's meeting can be viewed here, Coeur d'Alene City Council, March 20

How do you think the new City Council is getting along? And how do you see the remaining two years playing out?

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  • Ziggy posted at 4:58 pm on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1285

    Right on, Rogue.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 3:11 pm on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    I like the fact that there is not unanimous consent on everything like in the past. Gookin is doing an impressive job, while Adams appears to just be an obstructionist. He's not making cogent arguments that would possibly bring people around to his way of thinking. Obstructionism isn't leadership. Gookin is demonstrating leadership. Edinger is just drooling all over himself as usual.

    Gookin for Mayor!

  • JonnyQPubic posted at 9:11 am on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    JonnyQPubic Posts: 325

    It will be interesting when the 4 incumbants lose the next election and City Council is of one mind.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  • downtowncda posted at 8:50 am on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    downtowncda Posts: 682

    Steve Adams - it's easy to draw a line in the sand about accepting government funding. It would be nice if you could also provide suggestions for viable alternative funding methods. Now, that would take some thinking. Be part of the solution Steve, don't just say NO and walk away. We would love to watch a city council meeting that brought forward fresh ideas that provide possible solutions to funding issues. If you don't know how to remedy a situation - casting no votes all the time will just make you part of the problem.... SHARE YOUR IDEAS FOR ALTERNATE FUNDING.

  • DeNiles posted at 7:27 am on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Hours upon hours of serious discourse instead of 10 minutes of cheer leading and head bobbing 'aye' votes....... looks like representative gov't in action......... for a change.

  • Ziggy posted at 8:42 pm on Wed, Mar 21, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1285

    I am impressed with Mr. Gookin. He asks questions and allow us to gain an understanding of what is going on.

  • straight up posted at 7:13 pm on Wed, Mar 21, 2012.

    straight up Posts: 965

    I reckon when you don't have the council fully loaded with head-nodding "yes men", discussion and challenges take place.

    What a concept.

  • mister d posted at 6:13 pm on Wed, Mar 21, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I'm glad the new council members and Edinger seem to be listening to the majority of voters in the city. This will ensure their reelection if they choose to run again.

  • LTRLTR posted at 4:50 pm on Wed, Mar 21, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    I like the new council members because they asked good questions and make decisions the benefit the whole community.

    I agree with Steve Adams that our city should not be paying for free transportation.

  • Flash Gordon posted at 4:19 pm on Wed, Mar 21, 2012.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1647

    I was stunned to hear Deanna Goodlander say last night that the 3rd street dock will not be closed but....renovated.......it's always amazing to hear things like that in a casual conversation with a citizen questioning the decision by her and other council members in previous discussions....like...where did that come from!?

  • JClark posted at 4:01 pm on Wed, Mar 21, 2012.

    JClark Posts: 91

    How do I think the new City Council is getting along? Mr Ron Edinger, current councilman, past mayor and former council president said he had a "funny feeling" about the McEuen Field re-design. He said this after reading ALL of the McEuen Field official public survey comments and the comments submitted by the public, complete with a request for a Public Vote on this matter. Councilman Gookin and Councilman Adams are generally in agreement with Mr. Edinger. With time, I hope they can give a "hand up" to the remaining bunch...by asking intelligent questions and bringing new perspectives...so that is how I HOPE it all plays out. Winners are flexible!! I stand by the voice of experience, Mr. Ron Edinger.

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