There were strong opinions expressed on the issue of fluoridation of drinking water during a public hearing held prior to the start of regular session at the Farmington City Council meeting Monday.
The hearing – which lasted more than an hour – had seven individuals expressing the reason for their position.
Out of the group, four expressed their wishes for the city to discontinue the practice of water fluoridation – using data from studies showing possible health side effects from fluoridated drinking water to the idea that citizens should be able to decide on their own to ingest fluoridated water.
… While the hearing was just for discussion, Ward I Councilmen Larry Forsythe and John Robinson both expressed they would be in favor of discontinuing fluoridation, while Ward III Councilmen Darrel Holdman and Dennis Smith said they would be in favor of continuing.
Public Works Director Larry Lacy told the council the fluoridation costs the city around $43,000 each year.
The council will discuss the matter further during an administrative services meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 18.