Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Sunday

June 15, 2014

Quirk could extend fluoride vote

TRAVERSE CITY — A section of the city charter that requires five votes for the city to enter into a contract could force a second bite at the municipal-water fluoridation question, even if it passes Monday night.

Commissioner Tim Werner will miss Monday's meeting, Mayor Michael Estes said. Should any commissioner join Commissioner Jim Carruthers in voting against the purchase of a fluoride compound, city officials will lack the five votes required to make the purchase.

The remaining commissioners indicated they will vote in favor on Monday. But if one flips, Estes said under commission rules he can and will bring it back in two weeks for a second vote "and we get to go through this whole thing all over again."

Werner did not return calls seeking comment on his position regarding fluoride.

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