Council votes against adding motion to require members to attend in person
The Burien City Council rejected by 4-3 a motion by Councilmember Debi Wagner to add to the agenda Monday night (March 20) to change its rules to make it a requirement that all Councilmembers be personally in attendance at meetings in order to have any vote recorded.
The move appeared to be aimed at the constant attendance on the telephone by Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz.
Councilmember Stephen Armstrong was opposed because “I travel for business and I do take vacations now and then,” then said the matter of Council rules was on the schedule for a meeting in April so the discussion should be tabled until then.
Berkowitz said it was obviously aimed at her, and that it should be discussed at the time when other Council rules are on the agenda.
This issue will be discussed when the council meets on April 3.
The final vote for the matter to be discussed Monday night came from Wagner, supported by Councilmember Bob Edgar and Mayor Lucy Krakowiak.
Joining Berkowitz as opposed to it being added to Monday night’s agenda were Armstrong, Nancy Tosta, and Austin Bell.