This article reported on the Sept. 12 meeting of the Stuart city commissioners. They had a tied vote for an agenda item to approve 7 contracts related to the purchase of chemicals used in the city’s drinking water system. The sticking point was the contract for chemicals used in fluoridation.

The article notes, “Based on a legal opinion from City Attorney Michael Durham, the commission had no discretion to take Monday’s action, City Manager Paul Nicoletti said.

“We looked at it and the language of the referendum is mandatory,” Nicoletti said, meaning the city must follow voters’ mandate and add fluoride to the water.” …

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