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Alderman Almost Gets Kicked Out Of Meeting

Posted by wlpo on June 22, 2010

A 32 hundred dollar paint job led to a heated argument at last night’s Spring Valley City Council meeting that included an alderman being escorted out by police.

Mayor Cliff Banks and Alderman Chuck Hansen got into an argument about a bill to C & M Painters for work done in the city hall community room.  Hansen questioned Banks of not bidding out the job and bypassing union painters.  Banks said “this is about the fifth time you’ve brought in unions with me” with Hansen firing back “and it won’t be the last”.

Banks eventually appointed Alderman Mike Richetta as chairman of streets and alleys committee, replacing Hansen.  Banks reasoned the move by saying “I have to have people I can work with”.  After Hansen accused Banks of trying to help a friend get a job, the mayor had Hansen escorted out of the council chambers, saying “Chuck, take your union ass and get out of here”.

Cooler heads eventually prevailed and Hansen remained at the meeting.

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