COUNCILWOMAN DAVIS MOVED TO PLACE THE WATER ADDITIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ORDINANCE ON THE APRIL 21, 2010 CITY COUNCIL FOR DISCUSSION.
Councilman Reuter said the Water Additive Accountability Ordinance does not lead to a discussion of accountability or disclosure. He believes it is another method to remove fluoridation that he believes protects all children in our community. He requested all the information provided in their packets be available in the Public Works department and make available to the public. He said he will also provide a book given to the Council from our local dentists at the last discussion on fluoride, which is from their association that discusses fluoridation. He believes there should be a public vote in the next City general election.
Councilwoman Davis said this is not specifically for fluoride, it is an objective ordinance to give the City the structure it needs for any additive in the water. She said it makes information available for the public.
Councilman Reuter said requesting the information is a valid request and that information not being made available is a reasonable factor for one to use in making a decision whether to add a particular substance to the City’s water. He said this ordinance forces the city to not use the substance if the information is not provided.
Jennifer Ekstrom said she is offering a local solution to a systemic problem in our federal regulatory system. She said by reducing the discussion to just fluoride reduces the larger issue of the systemic problem.
Chris Hecht said that he is concerned that Councilman Reuter has inadequate justification for determining public policy. He said you can not make objective decisions without all the information.
Mayor Hellar said the information you are asking for from the manufacturer could be proprietary and if it is then it is covered by law on disclosure.
COUNCILMAN REUTER AND COUNCILWOMAN LOGAN DISSENTED. COUNCILWOMAN DAVIS EXERCISED HER MINORITY RIGHT TO PLACE THIS ITEM ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION.
– END –