The special city council meeting was called to order at 6pm. The council immediately voted to go into closed session, as expected. Forty-five minutes later the council returned and listened politely to DeKalb resident, Katie Stoddard’s comments in support of the fire department and against any lay-offs. They listened to a short speech by AFSCME president, Mike Taylor, who said he had sent an email to the council members so he really didn’t need to repeat his message. Then the council voted 6-0 (Gallagher absent), with no comments from any of the council members, to postpone any decision on laying off any AFSCME workers until the July 13 meeting. Mayor Kris Povlsen noted that the council, which voted
7-0 6-1 (Baker dissenting) to layoff three firefighters at the last meeting, would likely also postpone that decision until July 13.
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