Former council rep unhappy with censure
I, for one, believe the censorship of Sam Kooiker was totally uncalled for and wrong. Sam was 100 percent correct in the way he handled this matter. If an employee of the city comes to him regarding another employee, he has the right, and duty, to bring that matter forth or the Mayor should have brought it forth. He is one of the most frugal representatives we have and is constantly working to try to save the taxpayers' money. It was because of this act that he now finds himself in this position. Why are the taxpayers paying $1,300 a month for each council member if they are not doing what they were elected to do? I served on the Rapid City Council for 24 years, and was very proud to do so.
The mayor has the ability to veto the censure measure, and under the state statute, he has the legal authority to sign or veto any ordinance or resolution passed by the council within 10 days. Many citizens, along with me, hope he does just that. That is the best way to handle this misfortunate situation. If not, it will be interesting to see what happens when election time rolls around.
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