A good portion of the Arab City Council meeting Monday night was devoted to discussing fluoride.
Arab dentist Dr. John York told the council “you have a board that’s run amok, and I don’t think they’ve told you the truth since day one.”
York’s concern is with the Arab Water Works board’s claim that discontinuing adding fluoride to the water last August was an “operational decision.”
The board has said it voted on the matter then said it was a managerial decision. The board later took a vote to affirm manager Ted Hyatt’s decision to remove the fluoride.
York told the council that a person recently sent Hyatt a text asking when the water works would start putting fluoride back in the water and he replied that he didn’t think they would.
When asked why, he replied he didn’t think the board would vote to put it back in.
“If it was the manager’s decision, why did he say that?” asked York. “You guys have a problem, and something needs to be removed.”
For more on this story, read Saturday’s Arab Tribune.